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Review of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research Submission

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6
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First Name: 
Penny
Last Name: 
Allen
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I was disappointed to read that the revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research continues to be based on self-regulation by research organisations. Self-regulation is doomed to fail in an era where university reputation is protected at all costs in order to attract full fee paying overseas students. Currently, the only exception to the failure of self-regulation is the University of Queensland. Universities will continue to igrnore, suppress and dismiss research misconduct allegations, whilst purporting to enforce the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. By maintaining the self-regulation status-quo, the NHMRC will continue to fail to protect junior and mid-level researchers, and perhaps even research participants and the wider community.

There is an urgent need to establish an Australia-wide independent body to promote the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and to investigate research misconduct allegations. Many researchers, myself included, have no confidence in the current self-regulation model!

Page reviewed: 17 September, 2018