University of Queensland persecutes Chinese bullied student

In July last year, the University of Queensland (UQ) was embroiled in scandal when Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters were violently attacked by a group of Chinese nationalist students.

Instead of denouncing these actions, and imposing appropriate sanctions against the offending Chinese students, the top brass at UQ instead issued soft platitudes encouraging harmony.

Nine months on, and UQ has sought disciplinary action against a Pro-Hong Kong student activist, Drew Pavlou, who was physically abused by these same Chinese nationalist students:

The University of Queensland has taken disciplinary action against a prominent pro-Hong Kong student activist, who faces expulsion in relation to a series of satirical stunts, social media posts and criticisms of the vice-chancellor.

Drew Pavlou, a member of the UQ senate, was this week sent a series of misconduct allegations against him and told to attend a disciplinary board hearing, where a decision maker would have the ability to terminate his enrolment.

Pavlou said the claims he breached university policies mainly related to his activism. They include satirical social media posts, opposition to the university’s contract with the Confucius Institute, and comments critical of the vice-chancellor, Peter Høj.

Guardian Australia has reviewed a summary of the “misconduct” charges, which include claims his conduct was inappropriate and abusive, and that he damaged the reputation of the university. None suggest he has acted unlawfully.

Last year, after helping to organise a protest in support of the Hong Kong independence movement, Pavlou was assaulted in the university grounds by a group of pro-China protesters who gatecrashed the event.

Pavlou subsequently sought a court order, similar to a restraining order, against the Chinese consul general in Brisbane, Xu Jie, who he claims endangered him by praising the “self-motivated patriotic behaviour” of the counter-protesters and, in effect, accusing Pavlou of “anti-China separatist activities”. That case is ongoing.

Xu is an adjunct professor at the university…

In a statement on Pavlou, UQ said: “Universities reasonably expect that students comply with conduct policies and charters that reflect both the organisation’s values and community expectations.

“UQ’s disciplinary processes seek to address alleged contraventions of university policy – they do not seek to prevent students from expressing their views or to limit their right to freedom of speech.

So, it is okay for Chinese students to use violence against pro-Hong Kong protestors. But pro-Hong Kong activists exercising freedom of speech must be punished? 

UQ students obviously strongly disagree, with more than 10,000 signing a petition in support of Drew Pavlou:

A University of Queensland student who faces expulsion after he criticised the university’s ties with China has told his supporters he’s received a 200-page booklet outlining the uni’s complaints against him.

MORE than 10,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to stop Queensland’s top university from “silencing” a student who advocates against the university’s ties with China…

Drew Pavlou, who faces a disciplinary hearing later this month which could lead to expulsion, thanked the 10,475 people who had signed the petition.

“Thank you to the ten thousand people who have signed the petition against UQ’s attempt to expel me for my political activism in support of Hong Kong … unbelievable,” he wrote on social media late yesterday…

This week he told followers “with a heavy heart” that the University of Queensland would be “considering his expulsion on April 27th before a misconduct hearing”.

“I received a confidential 200 page booklet of allegations against me, many involving complaints about my public criticisms of the Vice-Chancellor, the growing corporatisation of the university, as well as my criticism of the university’s links to the Chinese Communist Part and my support for Hong Kong.”

He said in addition to core complaints, they included “frivolous complaints” regarding “satirical online posts”.

“It is my belief that such vexatious complaints mask the true nature of the hearing, an attempt to punish me for publicly airing my political beliefs and challenging the university’s unethical dealings with corporations as well as dictatorships like the Chinese state.”

Like many of Australia’s universities, UQ has become finally dependent on the fees from Chinese international students. Therefore, excusing the actions of the violent Chinese students, and punishing a pro-Hong Kong protestor like Drew Pavlou, sends a strong message of loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

UQ’s ties to the CCP are well known. 

UQ houses one of 13 China-backed Confucius Institutes operating on Australian university campuses. These Confucius Institutes are fully funded subsidiaries of China’s Ministry of Education. They provide participating Australian universities with partial funding, native language instructors, teaching resources, student exchange opportunities, and Chinese language and culture consultative services from the Chinese Government.

Their formal mission is to promote Chinese language and culture, and therefore give an uncritical view of Chinese society, as well as provide direct influence inside our universities. In July, it was revealed that UQ had signed agreements explicitly dictating that it “must accept the assessment of the [Confucius Institute] Headquarters on the teaching quality”.

The Brisbane Chinese consul-general, Xu Jie, who had praised the “acts of patriotism” by the violent Chinese student counter-protesters, was also made an adjunct professor of language and culture at UQ:

ABC News has also detailed how UQ has been captured by the CCP:

The Chinese Government has co-funded at least four courses at the University of Queensland (UQ), including one on China’s role in “strengthening” responses to “global security challenges”, such as human rights, “mass atrocities prevention” and “counter-terrorism”…

The revelations come as UQ faces calls to review its lucrative deals with the Chinese Government, after a Four Corners — Background Briefing investigation last night revealed its Confucius Institute had veered into curriculum development and honorary staff appointments.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Peter Høj, was until recently a senior consultant to Beijing’s global Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and a member of its powerful governing council, which is responsible for more than 500 institutes operating in universities and schools across the world…

Four Corners also revealed last night that the director of UQ’s Confucius Institute personally nominated China’s Consul-General in Brisbane, Xu Jie, as an adjunct professor — the fifth such appointment of a Chinese diplomat at the university.

Shortly after his appointment in July, Dr Xu Jie was criticised by Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne for praising the “spontaneous patriotic behaviour” of Chinese students, some of whom clashed violently with anti-Beijing protesters. Dr Xu remains an adjunct professor at the university…

Senior security adviser to the Federal Government, Ross Babbage, told Four Corners a complete review was needed at UQ in response to revelations of its involvement in funding the “Understanding China” course…

“Why would we permit a foreign authoritarian government through a Confucius Institute to play a role in determining the curriculum to be taught on an Australian campus? I find that bizarre,” [Professor Clive Hamilton] said.

UQ has clearly been turned into a useful idiot of the world’s most evil autocratic regime.

No amount of fees are worth the cost of selling-out Australia’s independence and democratic freedoms.

The Morrison Government should intervene. It could threaten withdrawal of funding until the university can prove it has expunged this corruption. 

UQ is radically out of step with community, national and pedagogical values and must be brought into line.

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  1. CCP apologists are basically on the same level as Nazi apologists. Hopefully, that will become clear to everyone in the months and years ahead.

    • BS, there is no evidence supporting any of the allegations he was assaulted, only claims. Any charges of assault laid by QLD Police? No. What, didn’t he report this assault to Police?

      This is just allegation claimed as fact.

      Btw, I support HK independence, but it would be nice if posts (MB) were more factual rather than based on supporting a particular viewpoint.

        • “Don’t be a CCP apologist.” Sorry, Leith but that is just crap. Lived in HK for 5 yrs and believe it should be independent, don’t support the CCP, but some of the sh!t that is written is way over the top with nothing to support it. It detracts from evidence based comment.

          I watched the video and to call that violent is ludicrous, we see far more than that by enviro groups (which I support, laws can be made to criminalise anything). Some pushing and shoving on both sides by the look of it, and if that is the “evidence” no wonder no word of any assault charges.

          Edit: btw, I would agree about Chinese influence at uni, get rid of it, but the arguments can be made without any distortion needed, same with al the race based “vibrants, vibrancy” comments. All the cases against massive levels of immigration, foreign students, work visas came be made without being laced with race based commentary.

    • Looking back in history , in France after the War, what happened to those that benefitted to cosying up to the Nazi regime..

  2. Also imagine Drew, in his studies, being put into group assignments and (like many other English speaking students from many backgrounds around the world) having to lead, explain, proof-read, and basically do 90% of the group’s work while the Chinese students backstab him metaphorically (and potentially physically) and report back to the homeland and to the CCPUQ..

    • – Spot on Ding. My son is at UQ. He HATES group assignments. He is ambitious and motivated – if he wants a good mark for group assignments he always has to work like a dog and do all the work. He doesn’t have a backstabbing problem, as Drew might, but has to work hard to get people to understand the advanced points in addition to doing the assignment.

      • IrrregularMEMBER

        Unpopular opinion: group work at uni is great preparation for employment. The motivated and ambitious are always going to be surrounded by the disinterested, lazy, unmotivated as well as those with less skill, intelligence, ambition and other agendas.

        If your motivated and ambitious son can learn to manage and lead the other students around him then he’ll have really got some value out of his UQ education.

        Disclosure: I’m a HDR student at UQ, I tutor UQ students in a number of different subjects. I agree that group work is largely bullshit and unfair.

  3. Can we name any university leadership team in Australia who haven’t been morally compromised by dollars and ideology? Has it always been so? They all claim to be virtuous. Double plus good.

  4. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    Seems to be a pattern of non Australian born people in influential positions like hoj, willox, geha, etc who have no problem with destroying this country for a quick buck and then leaving, hey Lowe

    • mild coronaMEMBER

      Where’s Willox from? must look. Can make a similar observation about so many politicians as s44 revealed. It’s odd.

    • okradovicMEMBER

      Good observation. No loyalty whatsoever, but ultimately it is our fault for worshipping foreigners and letting them into important positions in public and private sphere without much due diligence.

  5. If only business would come out strongly in support by oh I don’t know saying it would no longer hire UQ qualifications if they continue CCP ball holding. That would make UQ worthless. Unfortunately would never happen

    • This is a really good point. Unfortunately, it would actually punish those local students who actually are OK and in addition have had to work harder in group assignments to support the international ones. Companies would have to specifically discriminate against international students and I think we are way to PC to do that and it wouldnt be fair anyway. I dont think all international students would be like this too.

  6. Time for Australia to cease co-funding of China’s propaganda units.

    Defund UQ immediately and expel Prof. Hoj back to China.

    • Unfortunately, the defunding of universities is what brought on this dependence on CCP in the first place. So solving the problem with what that caused it in the first place is just doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.

      However, what you COULD do is form a tiering of universities, where by you can throw shade to universities and threaten their license to educate all together. E.g. unless you have a banking licence you can’t have the word “Banking” in the name and banking comes with all sorts of regulatory requirements. So after GFC, I think MQG (today) had to change itself from Macquarie Bank to Macquarie Group and a sub division of it was a Bank.

      So if UQ has a % of the reliance of funds from these companies rather than fees and Aus govt, perhaps they cannot be called a University anymore.. that’ll light a fire under their bvtt. The students that have already graduated can still claim they are uni graduated as it was a university back then and employers will still hire them. Current students can flee from UQ to other universities asap so they don’t get a degree from this non-uni tutoring company.
      And you’ll have your wish.. the Chancellor will be evicted asap, job will be done for you.

  7. Drew is right to run a very hard public campaign on this.
    The scum running that institution will fear public exposure.