Last week, the Australian National University announced, with deep regret and blah-blah, that it was sacking all 32 music teachers at the School of Music. Uproar ensued. Students collected a large petition. The decision was roundly condemned by the state legislature.
When they went looking for the head of the music school to review the details, professor Adrian Walter was nowhere to be found, so they suspended him.
Professor Walter was supposed to be ‘guiding the institution through a period of change’, a phrase that usually means difficult and painful choices. Instead, his mind was plainly elsewhere.
Today, Adrian Walter was announced as the new director of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, staring in September. See here.
Both Canberra and Hong Kong should be asking themselves whether Prof Walter has been telling them the whole truth.
Next-day UPDATE here.