https://www.alea.edu.au/aleanews/retrac ... eldall-145
Retraction and apology to Multilit Pty Ltd, Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall
2nd Oct 20
On 12 August 2020, Dr Rachel Cunneen, University of Canberra's Senior Lecturer -Teacher Education, conducted a presentation via a Zoom webcast, titled "The Grammar Wars in Australia today: How are they affecting teacher education?", to a number of members of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA), and other members of the academic and education communities (Webcast). The Webcast included defamatory statements about Multilit Pty Ltd, its directors, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall and its employee, Dr Jennifer Buckingham. Those statements include that Dr Buckingham has conflicts of interest in using her access to the media and her involvement in a federal government commission of inquiry to nefariously promote her private commercial interests, and fosters a culture war in respect of teacher education, and that Professor Wheldall, Dr Wheldall and Dr Buckingham improperly seek to further their commercial interests in support of a class agenda aligned to extreme political views (the Statements).
ALEA recognises that the Statements were not accurate, and were damaging and hurtful to Multilit Pty Ltd, Professor Wheldall, Dr Wheldall and Dr Buckingham. ALEA does not endorse the Statements and they do not express the views of ALEA. ALEA apologises to Multilit Pty Ltd, Dr Buckingham, Professor Wheldall and Dr Wheldall for any hurt or damage caused by the publication of the Statements.