The Australian reported a possible case of plagiarism by Griffith University Vice Chancellor – Ian O’Connor when he ‘cut and pasted whole passages of text from Wikipedia‘ in his opinion article in the same newspaper.
The opinion article was written in a response to reports that ‘Griffith had asked the Saudi embassy in Australia for a $1.37million grant for its Islamic Research Unit, telling the ambassador that certain elements of the controversial deal could be kept a secret’.
David Robinson, the last Australian Vice-Chanellor involved in plagiarims resigned from his role in Monash (2002) after instances of severe ‘liftings’ were uncovered in his previous books.
- Spot the difference (The Australian)
PS: I blogged about this incident only because I am passionate about the Australian Higher Education sector and the responsibility associated with academic freedom. To conduct a trial by media is not my intention.