UQ leadership to appear before parliamentary inquiry

It was announced on March 16 that top executives from The University of Queensland including Chancellor Peter Varghese will front the Parliamentary Inquiry into national security risks affecting the Australian higher education and research sector.

Set to appear before the inquiry via video conference at 12:45pm on Friday March 19, Chancellor Varghese will be joined by Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry, and UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne.

Former UQ Vice-Chancellor, and current Vice-Chancellor at the University of Adelaide, Professor Peter Høj, will appear before the inquiry seperately.

The announcement follows the March 12 appearance of former UQ Senator, and Human Rights Activist, Drew Pavlou before the committee.

During his testimony to the committee Pavlou faced a number of questions about his protests against links between UQ and Government of China, as well as UQ’s treatment of him.

Committee member, Tim Wilson MP, asked Pavlou if he believed that UQ was corrupt, cowardly, or compromised.

“In your opinion, were The University of Queensland, compromised, corrupt, or Cowardly?”

On Friday the committee will also hear from representatives from the Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Monash University, and Universities Australia.

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