The "Rindos / UWA Case" Site
(Last modified: March 27, 2002 )

Recent Developments

This page carries links to hot new developments in the site, in reverse chronological order, the most recent at the top.

March 2002 - The Subversion of Australian Universities, edited by John Biggs & Richard Davis. Fund for Intellectual Dissent. Free online at: Especially see chapter six, "David Rindos versus the University of Western Australia: analogies to the Orr case, by Brian Martin".

February 2002 - Gil Hardwick's Statement on the "Rindos Affair"

Also see: Can the Internet be regulated? by Helen Roberts (Consultant to Law and Public Administration Group). Research Paper 35 1995-96 Australian Parliamentary Library
- refers to the Rindos/Hardwick case and its context in Australian and Internet law

November 2001 - a scandal closer to home

Former PhD candidate, Michael Pyshnov, encountered difficulties in the early 1980's at the University of Toronto. More details: University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union notice and summary of his appeal plus Michael Pyshnov's own site.

January 2001 - new links added to WA Parliamentary reports

* Report No 15 - The Appeals and Review Processes for Western Australian Universities(1 Jun 2000)

* Report No 4 - The events surrounding the denial of tenure to the late Dr David Rindos by the University of Western Australia (4 Dec 1997)

November 2000 - other controversial web sites...

Un-related to the Rindos-UWA Case, but equally contentious are several sites that have criticized universities and teachers in the US. An article in the Chronicle tells more:
Anonymous Web Site Posts Rumors, Grievances, and Leaked Documents. The Chronicle Dec 1, 2000.

1 June 2000 - a second WA Parliamentary Report released!

The WA Parliamentary Public Administration Committee has completed a further report addressing in somewhat broader terms another of the original terms of reference of the Rindos/UWA inquiry. Entitled Report No 15 The Appeals and Review Processes for Western Australian Universities, a copy is available through the official WA site.

19 January 2000 - more battles in Oz...?

Check out Brian Martin's Suppression of dissent site, including an account of Dudley Pinnock at the University of Adelaide - Brian's site or local copy.

18 January 2000 - Suppression Stories...

Another Brian Martin item, Suppression Stories (full text), "covers patterns of suppression, the problem of defamation, peer review, formal channels, the role of media, difficulties in opposing suppression and advice for dissidents".

25 November 1999 - whistleblower manual out...

While not directly related to the site, any would be whistleblowers might potentially benefit from giving this item a onceover... (Brian Martin's email is: <>

Brian Martin, The Whistleblower's Handbook: How to Be an Effective Resister
Charlbury, UK: Jon Carpenter; Sydney: Envirobook, 1999.
ISBN 1-897766-52-1 (Jon Carpenter), ISBN 0-85881-167-7 (Envirobook).

July 14, 1999 - a new Web biography

The Anthropology Department of Minnesota State University, Mankato, has posted a biography.

Sep 30, 1998 - WA Parliament delays...

The WA Parliament has stated that the long awaited final report will not be out until the "end of the year", long after the original estimate which was to have been March/April....

June 8th, 1998 - another WA Parl Report...?

A new WA Parliamentary Report may have been recently tabled. But there are conflicting reports about this and whether it has been released yet. If anyone has seen a copy, please let me know...!

Local Colour!

A link to maps and information about Australia and Perth.

More about the Visitorial Process!

P.W.F. Whalley's article about the origins and ramifications of "The University Visitor"

Legal considerations...

A new thought: was the UWA attempt at censorship a SLAPP...?

VC Fay Gale to retire!

See West Australian 6 Dec 1997 for details

UWA Dec 4, 1997 media statement

Now online, thanks to the UWA Counsel.

More clippings added...

I have added a slew of newspaper stories from March through December of 1997. (Anyone who can contribute the rest that are still missing would be greatly appreciated!)

UWA Parliamentary report is released!!

Dec 4, 1997, the Parliamentary Report has finally been completed and released: Report No 4 The events surrounding the denial of tenure to the late Dr David Rindos by the University of Western Australia. Dave Rindos has been completely vindicated of all claims made against him. The essence is that he was denied natural justice, that the procedures of the University were at fault, and that the behaviour of some of those at UWA whose task it was to conduct a fair and comprehensive internal inquiry into the matter was questionable (see the email message by Leon Deleuil for initial details.) UWA has replied that this is not really the case, in a media statement dated December 4, 1997.

Available online: official WA Parliament copy.

"Trouble in cyberspace..."

March 6, 1997, University at Buffalo newspaper publishes a short feature on the brief melee between UB and UWA over the Rindos Site.

Action Group Formed

An action group has been formed by former students and friends of David Rindos and is quickly being joined by others including upset academics from UWA. Read Bennett's Beat from the February 16th Sunday Times for more details.

Site Continues

Despite the death of David Rindos, news articles continue to be uploaded in the 1996 and 1997 Press archives!

An obituary summarises his short career (also online at the AAA Anthropology Newsletter site), and a short essay written by David Rindos really cuts to the heart of his true nature. Please read it.

Sad Tidings...

Dave has passed away. It occured early Monday morning, December 10th, while he was asleep. Please see the memorial message posted to the Net, and stay tuned for more details on how that will affect the whole UWA affair.


For the last few months (mid 1996), the University of Western Australia has begun to make legal threats against this site and the people connected with its existance and maintenance.

* The University has contacted various news media in Australia claiming that this Site defames, and thereby seeking to ensure that the URL is not published. One example involves the case where a letter to the Australian newspaper generated a warning letter sent by e-mail by the University lawyer to the author of the letter. One American Professor of Law has already commented on the legal basis for the University's actions.

* The University also took action against the UWA Graduate Students and forced them to break a link to this Site in their Newsletter [this link takes you directly to their site in Australia].

* Around the same time, the file on the UWA system to a Feature Article and the link to a speech by the Hon Mark Nevill, MLC as given in the West Australian Parliament became non-functioning [Obviously, these links work here :-).]

It is interesting that UWA apparently believes it improper for its computing system to access material which is part of the Record of their own State Parliament.

* UWA has also writen a letter to the State University of New York, Buffalo, apparently making claims about this Site and threatening action against both the University and the Site Maintainer. The State University of New York responded holding it is blameless since it does NOT, as a matter of academic freedom, control the contents of Web Sites. Further communication followed.

* As a result of these developments, in the middle of May, I wrote to UWA asking what they found objectionable here. UWA's lawyer's reply, sent to me in early June was less than helpful!

* In early July, the University of Buffalo sent a formal letter to the legal firm representing UWA in their dealing with SUNY. The State University of New York pointed out the obvious -- that if UWA has some sort of problem with material held at this Site, they should contact the Site Maintainers!

Since 1996, activity on this "front" seems to have cooled, except to attract interest by various media; e.g. the Australian National Broadcasting Corporation interviewed several of the key players [ local copy of transcript] in March of 1996, and the University at Buffalo Reporter published a summary article in March of 1997.

As a result of these ongoing actions, various steps are being taken to ensure that open and free communication will be maintained, and that links to this Site, wherever it might be located, will be enhanced.

* The Anthropology Home Page at the University of South Dakota now carries a direct link to the Site, and, if necessary, it will be carrying a "mirror" copy on the near future.

* The Justice on Campus Project has also decided to mirror the Site. You might wish to check out their Home Pages to gain futher information on their important work in the areas of free speech and academic justice.

* Public links in Australia, and elswhere, are now being created and the University is being notified by the persons involved so that UWA will know who to sue if it decides to follow up this particular (or should I say "peculiar"?) legal action

To gain further data on these, and other, developments, turn to our *ALL* *NEW* Censorship Menu!

Parliamentary Inquiry into the Scandal at UWA

In December 1994 the Honorable Mark Nevill, MLC, delivered a speech about the "archaeology affair" at UWA in the West Australia Parliament. As a result of this speech, the problems existed in the archaeology department at UWA have finally become public.

Then, in late March 1996, a formal inquiry began in the Upper House of the Parliament of Western Australia, with the powers of a royal commission. The Terms of Reference give strong emphasis to possible administrative mistreatment of Dr Rindos and the nature of the internal management of the University.

The first public hearings of the Committee were held on 22 April, with both Dr Rindos and Vice-chancellor Gale presenting testimony. Dr Rindos spoke mostly about the deplorable conditions he had witnessed in the archaeology department, while the Vice-chancellor, noting that she was testifying "under protest," attacked Mr Nevill for his speech and claimed that the Parliamenary Committee had a "political" motive in taking on the case.

Her presentation to this public session has only recently [end June] been put online. Some might read it as containing rather heavy-handed irony! :-)

We hope to have the news reports on this hearing avialable in the near future (sadly, we are not multi-media enabled at this site so we will be unable to include the TV coverage :-) ). Attempts will be made to keep this Site up to date, but given the actions in Parliament, developments will likely go far faster than our abilities to update the Site.

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Home Page

The Home Page Commentary on the Committees which were set up to look into UWA's archaeology department has been updated to take into account the recent release of the Report of the Second UWA Inquiry into events in Archaeology [the "Hotop/Clyde" Report].

A new link has been added to the Site which provides detailed data on Dr Rindos' treatment by the University. His submission to the Western Australian Ombudsman shows how the University of Western Australia ignored its own written regulations during the denial of his tenure.

The Home Page section on The Aftermath to the Denial of Tenure has been extensively rewritten to account for developments in the various places in which Rindos sought some redress, namely the Ombudsman, Industrial Commission, and Visitor.

Press Pages

A large number of newspaper reports starting coming out in February 1996, largely as a result of the Parliamenary Speech. While only a few of these, thus far, are online, some idea may be gotten of the coverage occurring in Western Australia by looking at the Press Menu for 1996:
* Part I [Jan-March], and
* Part II [April-date].

The transcript of an Australian Broadcasting Company Radio program on the events surrounding the events in Archaeology at UWA is now avaiable on the Web [see the link to the ABC Site in Part I of the 1996 Press Menus.

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