"did no one at RMIT notice how deep a hole officers were digging in their attempt to get rid of Professor Bessant, did no one advise that the case to make her redundant was not especially
"did it not occur to anybody that VCs should be above such disputes, given the layers of management that exist to address staffing. "
RMIT management - come to the experts at the University of Newcastle. It will cost you a lot of (tax-payer's) money but the University of Newcastle management team are masters of the art of making employees who do not toe the line or collude in coverups vanish.
Note that the University of Newcastle does not even let its cases get to court - if you throw enough tax-payers money at your "problems" they will just disappear.
So RMIT, contact the University of Newcastle and find out how academics and general staff as wwell as students can be removed without a trace!!