When 21-year-old student Drew Pavlou organised his first-ever protest at his university campus in Brisbane, little could he have imagined the extraordinary chain of events he would set off.
His criticism of China’s record on human rights saw him bashed by pro-Beijing protestors and branded an enemy of the Chinese state. What’s worse, he and his family were deluged with death threats in a disturbing campaign of intimidation designed to shut him up. You’d think the University of Queensland would race to the defence of its student, but it appears instead to have gone on the attack. The accusation that it has sided with the communist regime raises serious questions about its reliance on Chinese money and how deep Beijing’s influence on campus goes.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producers: Thea Dikeos/Natalie Clancy
FIRE AND ICE
Making fire from ice may sound like the impossible. But that’s exactly what scientists have been able to do in the wilderness of the Arctic as a sleeping giant begins to stir. Ground that’s been frozen for thousands of years is rapidly thawing out, releasing dangerous gases on a colossal scale. The result is not only wreaking chaos on local communities but has the potential to rapidly accelerate global warming. Just before the planes stopped flying, Sarah Abo travelled to spectacular Alaska to investigate this worrying new environmental threat that has profound implications for us all.
Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producer: Nick Greenaway