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New Zealand, 14 August 2003
petition over thesis
By TARA ROSS
ACT [Canberra] MP
Rodney Hide has signed a petition calling on
the University of Canterbury to recompense Joel
Hayward for its handling of his controversial
The petition, organised by Victoria University
associate professor Martin Lally, alleges
the university acted in a "totally unreasonable"
way towards its former student, and raises concern
over its destruction of the journal History
Now, which included an article about Dr Hayward
by Canterbury lecturer Thomas Fudge.
Mr Hide, a former Canterbury student, said the
university had allowed political correctness to
determine what people could and could not read.
"This is the thin end
of the wedge. Next we'll have Maori kaumatua
deciding what students can and can't
The petition, launched this week, said
Canterbury University had signalled to students and
researchers that only certain research conclusions
were acceptable, which was "antithetical" to a
It also said the university's actions were
likely to have contributed to the general climate
of hostility towards Dr Hayward.
Canterbury's Vice-Chancellor, Roy Sharp,
declined to comment on the petition yesterday.
The Press understands he has directed Dr
Fudge not to talk about controversy over his
History Now article in lectures or classes.
Professor Sharp confirmed he had no problem with
Dr Fudge addressing students' questions outside
lectures but that formal classes were inappropriate
for defending his personal position.
But Dr Fudge is ignoring the directive -- " he
has already shown it to his students" -- and said
he would continue to answer students' questions in
class. "Particularly in my witch-hunting course
where we're talking about scapegoating and burning
Our dossier on the Joel
July 2003, NZ Herald: "Holocaust
thesis ruined my life says historian"
Report of the Working
Party established by University of Canterbury to
Inquire into Hayward Case | summary
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Joel Hayward thesis: 'The
Fate of Jews in German Hands' (zip
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