Federal MP Bob Katter has called for a parliamentary inquiry into foreign interference at Australian universities, after joining forces with 21-year-old activist and suspended student Drew Pavlou.
Katter has thrown his support behind Mr Pavlou, who was kicked out of the University of Queensland until next year, after protesting China’s human rights violations.
The Independent MP not only wants Mr Pavlou’s suspension lifted but says “heads will roll” when the tertiary institution’s links to China are put under the microscope.
The Independent MP not only wants Mr Pavlou’s suspension lifted but says “heads will roll” when the tertiary institution’s links to China are put under the microscope. (Nine)
“We will get to the bottom of why the Queensland University punished a person for expressing his opinion in the public arena and an opinion which every decent person on earth would agree with,” Katter told 60 Minutes.
…The accusations against university management have this week sparked outrage across the political spectrum in Canberra.
Government MP and former Ambassador, Dave Sharma, and Liberal Senator James Patterson took aim at the University of Queensland for appearing to side with China.
Katter hopes that other MPs will back his motion to establish an inquiry into foreign interference at Australian universities next time parliament sits.
“It will be a very stupid member of parliament that does not vote with us to find out why an Australian could be bashed for expressing an opinion in public,” he said.
The Attorney-General’s Department is currently investigating the operation of Confucius Institutes at Australian universities, to ensure the arrangements comply with the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme.
This topic deserves a royal commission. The corruption is worse than the banks involving:
- CCP influence;
- aiding CCP research for technological tyranny;
- gamekeeper turned poacher public officials;
- destruction of pedagogical standards;
- crushed freedom of speech.
So on and so forth such that the universities’ entire reason for being is now in question. See 60Minutes: