ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt expresses 'disappointment' over marketing spat [Video]

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The head of the Australian National University has expressed his disappointment that a highly-awarded law student was stopped from speaking out on Australia"s refugee policy by a member of the school"s marketing team.Odette Shenfield received the University Medal, the Tillyard Prize and three...

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The head of the Australian National University has expressed his disappointment that a highly-awarded law student was stopped from speaking out on Australia’s refugee policy by a member of the school’s marketing team.

Odette Shenfield received the University Medal, the Tillyard Prize and three awards from the ANU College of Law, including the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and Australian Government Solicitor Prize.

Odette Shenfield, a highly-awarded law student was removed from an ANU marketing catalogue.

Odette Shenfield, a highly-awarded law student was removed from an ANU marketing catalogue.

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The College of Law’s marketing team contacted the 24-year-old requesting to write a profile piece for an awards ceremony booklet.

But when Ms Shenfield insisted on including comment on Australia’s “inhumane” refugee policy – a topic taught during her degree – she was told marketing was “politically neutral” and that “the Commonwealth government is the donor for one of your prizes … part of our job within the college is to maintain donor relationships”.

She was ultimately wiped from the marketing booklet.

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