Former UWS Lecturer Publicly Takes Aim at Muslims, Aborigines, Gay Advocates

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Ian Shanahan Lecturer,
Department of Music
University of Western Sydney (Nepean)
PO Box 10
Kingswood NSW 2747

Phone (Home) – (02)9871 4282 ISD 61-2-9871 4282

Phone (Work) – (047)360 877 ISD 61-47-360 877

FAX (Work) – (047)360 166 ISD 61-47-360 166


(details lifted from public web page here)

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From The Age

Tickler loses unfair dismissal bid

July 6, 2004 – 5:05PM

The industrial umpire has rejected a claim of unfair dismissal by a university music teacher who was sacked for lifting up female students and tickling them.

Ian Leslie Shanahan, a part-time music teacher and composer, was sacked by the University of Western Sydney last year for serious misconduct.

A disciplinary committee found he had lifted female students onto his shoulders and tickled them on three occasions in August and September 2002.

He was also alleged to have smacked another student on the buttocks, and told her that “if things don’t work out between you and your fiance, you know where to come”.

The incidents followed several warnings by the university for Shanahan to “maintain a professional distance” from his students, and avoid “inappropriate behaviour”.

Shanahan disputed the committee’s ruling and went to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) demanding to be reinstated.

He denied “lifting and tickling” the students, and the smacking allegation.

But the AIRC this week upheld Shanahan’s dismissal, finding the evidence against him was compelling, and that “lifting and tickling female students” was improper conduct for a university lecturer.

“High standards are required of those in positions of trust,” AIRC senior deputy president Rob Cartwright said.

“Such conduct is, in my view, unacceptable and constitutes serious misconduct…”

He said the other findings of inappropriate conduct by Shanahan compounded the seriousness of his behaviour.

Citing evidence from Shanahan’s psychiatrist, senior deputy president Cartwright said the teacher’s inability to recall the incidents might be explained by a difficulty in recalling events during periods of hypomania.

However, he said he was not convinced this was the case.

24 thoughts on “Former UWS Lecturer Publicly Takes Aim at Muslims, Aborigines, Gay Advocates

  1. Ian is an expert in pure maths? Pity he couldn’t work how many brain cells he has left, by looking like a right idiot living in the gutter.

  2. I tried emailing him directly, and it comes back as undeliverable. Guess I’ll have to give the UWS a call once the holidays are over.

  3. Oh my, looks like we have another Andrew Fraser-type nutter on our hands.

    Commiserations to UWS staff and students. It is an excellent university. Shame this moron has to ruin its reputation.

    Unfortunately of course UWS will find it very difficult to sack him because of the issue of academic tenure and academic freedom, and of course he will bleat about “free speech”.

    Well the students have “free speech” too, they have the right not to listen to him and his rubbish and one only hopes they turn on this numpty and tell him to STFU.

  4. Never thought I would say this as I think I am one of your so called bogans as I am against Gillard and her lack of accountability as a lawyer and politician but this is why we have freedoms. This man (sorry but I have to call him that though her deserves to not be recognised as a Human!!) This is the type of vitriolic nonsense that should be a criminal act!

  5. He is no longer a staff member at UWS. That contact information is out of date – Nepean campus is now Penrith campus and has been for a while.

    • When he made those posts he was a staff member so his departure was recent.

      He was last seen as a tutor at the University of Sydney but he does not appear in searches on their site. Non-tenured casual employees however often do not. He may still be there.

      He would earn a piddling amount of performance royalties for his music compositions via APRA (a couple are on the approved list of performance pieces for the Victorian VCE) and next to nothing for writing chess problems. So unless like so many of the far right he has gone barking mad, he is working somewhere.

  6. People, I have been a student in the music department for the past 5 years and he was fired a good few before that. This is old, old news. Find something more current to get worked up about.

    • He was sacked in 2004 but he is still active in some nasty groups. Check out the posts he’s made.

      For someone with his talent and the regard he has in the classical music field to be hanging around racist sites on Facebook is ridiculous. Could have something to do with his fondness for the Calvinist Schismatics – err the Sydney Anglican archdiocese, Anglicanism’s own Wahabists.

  7. This occurred just a few days ago. He is quite the racist incel.

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