If your name is Brendan Nelson, defend him
Dr Nelson said he personally opposed the professor's views, but he should be allowed to express them without risking his job.
"I think that they should allow his classes to continue," he told ABC radio.
"Those who so strongly argue for free speech and academic freedom and rigour ... should strongly disagree with what he said, if that's their view ... it's certainly mine.
"But (they should) nonetheless respect the fact that he, as an academic, has a right to express it."
A rather quaint concept considering just how the Howard Govt has cheerfully 'bashed' academics and community figures who have expressed their 'free speech rights' on Aboriginal living conditions, support for the War in Iraq and locking up refugees....