Feral cats threatening endangered species on Kangaroo Island after bushfires

Kangaroo Island’s endangered species are “looking at extinction” after the deadly summer bushfires unless more is done to eradicate feral cats which are preying on those that survived, conservationists warn.

For more than 20 years, Barry Green — known as the “KI cat man” — has made it his mission to rid the island of feral cats.

He has trapped, killed and skinned about 1,500 feral cats turning their skin into stubby holders, bags and other quirky household items which he sells.

He keeps a record in his notebook of each cat he has killed and turned his American River home into a museum-like shrine to raise awareness about feral cats.

“I’ve spent a lot of money chasing cats around the island,” Mr Green said.

The Kangaroo Island Dunnart is one of many endangered species at risk from feral cats.(Supplied)

Mr Green has been widely recognised for his two decades of conservation work, including by Natural Resources Kangaroo Island, as the island’s feral cats maim threatened species including the Kangaroo Island dunnart, echidna and bandicoot.

They also cause about $2 million worth of damage to the sheep industry each year.

But he admits he is slowing down and concedes eradicating feral cats was getting harder after recent bushfires.

“They’re breeding faster than they’re dying off,” he said.

“Once bush starts to grow back again, and it has already, they’ll start moving back and start spreading out so I guess now’s the time to really concentrate.”

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Barry Green has led the fight against feral cats on Kangaroo Island for years, but says he doesn’t hate all cats – only the feral ones.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

Protecting the native stronghold

Kangaroo Island is one of five islands in Australia identified by the Federal Government to become feral cat free.

A government-funded feral cat eradication program has been underway since 2015 with the island meant to be free of feral cats by 2030.

But the project leader at Natural Resources KI, Dr James Smith, said he had his “fingers crossed” they would deliver on that plan.

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The regrowth of bushfire-ravaged parts of Kangaroo Island is welcome for locals and also feral cats, who can use growth to hide.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

So far, eradication work has taken place on a small pocket on the Dudley Peninsula, on the island’s east.

“There’s been a lot of work done establishing some background information, how many cats there are, what cats do in different landscapes … and what’s the best way to trap them.

“We’ve now removed cats from about 28 square kilometres and we’re slowly expanding that.

“We really need to make sure that we’ve learned all our lessons and we get it right on the Dudley; the rest of the island is about 10 times that size so we’ve just got to take our time and make sure we get it right.”

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A cat barrier-fence being built on the east of Kangaroo Island is behind schedule.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

Part of the work involved building a cat barrier-fence which was meant to be finished in June but Dr Smith said was still some months off being completed.

“There’s been lots of delays, lots of negotiations and renegotiations not only with landholders but also with contractors, to get things right it just takes a long time.”

Locals tired of waiting

Heritage landowner Lara Tilbrook is fed up of waiting and feared it was all too little, too late.

There is currently no feral cat eradication work being done on the western end of the island — an area hit hard by bushfires in January, and where many threatened species, including the dunnart and echidna, live.

“I feel like we’ve just been going around in circles for years now,” Ms Tilbrook said.

“Kangaroo Island is a stronghold for threatened species nationally, not just in this state, obviously they’re predating on the native animals and really putting huge pressure on threatened species.

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Kangaroo Island local Lara Tilbrook is worried that the efforts to eradicate feral cats has come too late for many threatened species.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

“We’re just looking at extinction, and extinction is forever.”

Ms Tilbrook, who owns 400 acres of heritage bushland on the north-west end of Kangaroo Island, hired a drone and shooter after the summer bushfires to hunt the feral cats on her and her neighbour’s property.

“After the fires I felt so sad and It was despair that brought me to trial the drones and work with a team to see if we could use the infrared, the thermal drone imaging, to hunt out the cats and really focus in and eradicate that way,” she said.

“We need to use multiple tools to ensure feral cats are eradicated from Kangaroo Island forever.”

Dr Smith it was hard to tell how if cat numbers had been reduced after the fire but there was work being done to try and assess that.

The island’s mayor, Michael Pengilly, said he was “critical of the speed of the program” but still held out hope feral cats could be eradicated from the island if enough work was done.

“There’s just been too much bureaucracy and not enough things happening.

“This is an enormously expensive program, it’s a prototype and we hope it works, it needs to work.”

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Pilbara wildlife refuge desperate for volunteers to help feed orphaned kangaroo joeys

Little bundles hang off a cabinet and one off a pantry door. Slowly, a small head with two very large ears and wide dark eyes peeks out, and then the adorable chaos begins; it is feeding time at Lisa’s Kangaroo Retreat, in the Pilbara town of Port Hedland.

There are 51 demanding, orphaned joeys on its books.

They come from the pouches of kangaroos killed in road accidents, by hunters, or other mishaps, usually via the local veterinarian.

Some, like these three, have taken over the kitchen and lounge area.

Others are pouched, sometimes in intertwined pairs, in the triage centre which is in a separate building about 50 metres away.

Many more live in the large paddocks outside, having grown quickly to a formidable size as they prepare for release back into the wild.

Lisa Rose started the sanctuary 10 years ago with one joey orphaned after its mother was killed by hunters.

Within a week, she had 10.

“I haven’t looked back,” Ms Rose said.

500 joeys released

Mr Rose has rescued, rehabilitated and released 500 joeys over the last decade, mostly the red and euro kangaroo, or common wallaroo, species.

They usually leave the centre after about 15 to 18 months of rehabilitation.

“It’s hard work but so rewarding,” Ms Rose said.

The organisation received its first funding grant this month with $10,000 from the West Australian Government’s Wildlife Heroes grant program.

It also received $2,000 from mining company Fortescue Metals Group (FMG).

“For the last 10 years I’ve been doing it out of my own pocket,” Mr Rose said.

The centre says she is desperate for volunteers.

The retreat has 43 volunteers on the books but only a handful of regulars.

Wanted: a joey au pair

Ms Rose said the centre has been desperate for more volunteers and recently advertised for a joey au pair to live at the retreat.

Belgian traveller Evelien Rosier answered the unusual advertisement on an au pair Facebook page.

Lisa’s Kangaroo Retreat founder Lisa Rose with her joey au pair, Evelien Rosier.(ABC Pilbara: Karen Michelmore)

“I was planning to travel the world this year but due to corona I got stuck in Australia,” she said.

“But I think this is the best place to be stuck in at the moment.

“But they make a big mess during the night.”

The centre is currently fundraising money for a bus to help with its release program and for cataract eye surgery for one of its permanent resident marsupials.

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The young kangaroos usually spend 15 to 18 months at the sanctuary before they are released.(ABC Pilbara: Karen Michelmore)

Lyla Starling, 11, is one of the centre’s most dedicated volunteers.

“I like them all. They are just very interesting animals,” she said.

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Protesters camp out the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel to free asylum seekers

Protesters, led by Refugee Solidarity Meanjin, have blockaded the Kangaroo Position Central Resort in an endeavor to absolutely free the refugees within, Michael Williams writes from the ground.

THE HOUR IS LATE. Truck tyres scrap alongside Main you can hear the soft murmuring of fellow protesters but other than that, the night is silent. A cold wind blows. Your shivering hands regulate to pull out a cigarette or maybe your Iphone. A telegram message tells you that the guards may well be up to a little something. You peer about the wall that separates you from the guards and from the guys within you are waging a minor war to absolutely free.

The guards’ body language, to you, appears odd and defensive. A lot more defensive than normal, anyway. You listen to whispers and then a gentleman in a white shirt will take off within.

More than time, the warning process will strengthen, but tonight it is just you and a handful of persons who responded to a previous-moment callout. A few of them stand around you waiting for you to explain to them what you see, but you can not really place it to words and phrases.

There is an depth in the air. You are inexperienced at this style of issue yet another youthful protester is. His look of willpower is matched squarely by your look of uncertainty.

Tonight was a fake alarm. It was probably an interior dispute among the guards. Or an challenge with a single of the detainees. Or maybe the guards are just as spooked about you as you are of them. Unconfident, you acquire your eyes off the guards, place your freezing palms back into your pockets and sit down to a e book.

Tonight, there will be no confrontation, but on lots of evenings your comrades have stepped up and performed the unthinkable. They have jumped on transferring vans and then, in now customary trend for activists, superglued on their own to the transferring automobile. They have done this and other equivalent acts so that the men inside, numerous who have severe medical circumstances, may when see the light-weight of day and not the pasty white partitions of but a different prison. 

You loosen up and sit at the base of a streetlamp. A fellow protester has contacted one particular of the men within. They say he is a musician and they dwell stream his guitar actively playing to a compact accumulating of about six through a JBL speaker someone brought spontaneously.

The rhythm of his strumming reminds you of Tommy Iommi, yet you just cannot help but hear pain in concerning the notes. You keep back the tears and check out to channel the new music into a book you have been reading.

The nights are bitterly cold, yes. But you select to remain. The adult men inside of do not get to make that choice. Their company has been taken away from them.

Many protesters like to curse politicians like Peter Dutton or Annastacia Palaszczuk. And although there is political motivation, you aren’t here for those motives. You are in this article mainly because if it took place to you, you would hope that someone on the other side would do the very same.

Besides, it is not all bad. You have a place to go through, a comfortable pillow and good organization. As the motion grows, folks will deliver ’round-the-clock food stuff, exotic new music and appealing conversations from all over the entire world.

Nevertheless, when it is all over you will retain coming again to the image in your head — of that very first night time in the chilly, listening to the audio of one particular lonely guitar.

The Kangaroo Issue blockade is becoming staged on the streets outside of the Kangaroo Level Central Hotel. And when there have been functions in the surrounding parks, the blockade has generally subsisted on the a few streets the Hotel faces — Major St, Walmsley St and Lockerbie St.

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At about two months, the movement has only attained momentum. It is now the largest of its form and has considerably surpassed the Toddler Asha protests of 2016. 

The protests commenced in April as lockdown guidelines were being being lifted. Again then, activists were tactfully jogging around the block while working out social distancing — they made sure to in good shape in breaks in front of the resort to bit by bit stretch.

The asylum seekers have been introduced to the lodge below the recently repealed Medevac guidelines. Legislation that permitted the Authorities to go detainees who have been severely ill to the mainland for healthcare treatment. After the repeal, the adult men are becoming forcibly transferred to the Brisbane Immigration Transit Lodging Centre (BITAC) — an onshore detention centre. 

This would imply that their therapy will be away from the eyes of public scrutiny. Supplied Australia’s heritage of neglect in detention centres, this would endanger the detainees. 

It would ruin optics for the protesters a protest outside of BITAC would be considerably more durable to organise and would not have the similar power as a demonstration on a person of the busiest streets in Brisbane. 

The protesters had the decision both to quit protesting and go to their homes or stop the removal of these adult men. They chose the latter.

Said one particular unnamed protester:


“I imagine that this could be the beginning, not so significantly of refugee justice advocacy, but if we free the men or we better their circumstances, we could likely established a precedent or convey transform in the broader group in the campaign for refugee legal rights.”


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Said one more:


“But also, for the legal rights of Initial Peoples and people of colour. I believe the keystone difficulty for all of these concerns is systematic racism.”


We had been sat in entrance of “the vacant lot” on Lockerbie St. Only a week in the past, the protesters had set up a camp there but ended up quickly questioned to shift by the operator.

At the blockade’s peak, the streets were a valley of tents. The law enforcement shortly questioned individuals to go individuals tents which were being moved to “the vacant lot”. The tents were then moved on a next time. These setbacks have not deterred the protesters, who are nonetheless there 24 hrs a day and the blockade is now occupied with artwork and lifestyle.

Removals have been specifically qualified at the outspoken adult men. Farhad Rahmati was the to start with male the police tried using to remove. This arrived soon following he was interviewed on the community radio station 4ZZZ. Other men who have been specific are the gentlemen on the balconies you may well see when you push previous. 

When requested what he’d say to all those who disagreed with the blockade, he mentioned:


There are a several avenues to deal with this. You could say ‘it’s more expensive and there are other motives why it does not make perception throughout the board.’ I find what resonates with adult males is bringing it again to humanity. These folks are human beings like us. They have interests and capabilities. They have dislikes and hobbies and families. I guess it’s tough to argue for anyone else’s humanity. I consider which is why we’re listed here mainly because we can give them, the refugees, a system. I do not require to convey to you so-and-so is a man or woman, they can communicate. They are prepared and delighted to be heard.


For far more coverage of the Kangaroo Point Blockade or Deebing Creek, you can also adhere to associate editor Michael Williams on Twitter and Instagram, the two @editorscribble.

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SA Government considers allowing interstate kangaroo processors to buy local carcasses, businesses fear for livelihoods

South Australian kangaroo processors are worried a change in industry regulations could put them under pressure or even out of business.

The SA Government is mulling over a change that could mean out-of-state processors could buy kangaroo carcasses from SA without needing to establish an abattoir in the state.

In Orroroo, in the state’s mid-north, Dews Meats uses kangaroo meat to make products like kangaroo schnitzels and kebabs.

Owner Taryn Ackland was worried that with the drought knocking down kangaroo numbers, the extra competition from other processors could cost jobs.

“It’s going to have a large impact because of anybody out of Broken Hill, or out of anywhere in Victoria, they can just come across, take the numbers that they want … then take them out of the state to process them,” she said.

Ms Ackland says the industry is only harvesting about 20 per cent of its kangaroo quota.(ABC Adelaide: Lauren Waldhuter)

Kangaroos are not farmed so processors pay shooters for carcasses.

Rosedale Meats owner Tony Gyss said out-of-state processors could simply headhunt SA shooters rather than bringing in their own, leaving SA processors with no way to get meat.

“So, you’re still going to have the same shooters shooting the same amount of kangaroos and potentially putting us under pressure and potentially putting us out of business.”

Kangaroo populations fall

The SA Government estimates there are about 1.5 million red kangaroos in the state, followed by 1.3 million western grey kangaroos and 570,000 wallaroos, or euros.

For red kangaroos, that is a fall of 39 per cent from the previous year and 4 per cent down on the average.

Kangaroo Meat for sale at the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne.
Kangaroo meat for sale at the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne.(Supplied: Eric in SF/Wikimedia CC BY-SA)

Eastern grey and euro populations are estimated to be above the long-term average.

However, Mr Gyss said in practice he was having a hard time finding kangaroos to process.

A bad time for change

Macro Meats buys kangaroo carcasses from interstate to use in its abattoir in SA as well as paying shooters locally.

Managing director Ray Borda said he was not opposed to out-of-state processors being able to eventually buy carcasses shot in SA.

However, he said now was a bad time to introduce this change due to the drought and the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is such a thing as free trade between states and I do agree with that; the only problem is the timing,” he said.

“Everybody is looking to employ people within SA and this, in its own little way, does not help.”

Ray Borda, National President of Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia wears a cooking apron at Tokyo Game Fair
Mr Borda says allowing out-of-state processors to take kangaroos could put the industry under pressure.(ABC News: Jake Sturmer)

The change was meant to come into effect from Wednesday, but a State Government spokesperson told the ABC the change has been deferred.

“As a result, the Government will defer the implementation of the changes and further consult with industry stakeholders to ensure that the needs of all market participants are taken into account going forward.”

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Jazz for Kangaroo Island bushfire appeal – Alice Springs News

Jazz for Kangaroo Island bushfire appeal

The Anglican Parish is holding a public outdoor concert tomorrow (Sunday, June 28) from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on the north side of St Mary’s Chapel, south of The Gap.


Local jazz musicians Peter (pictured) and Nicola Gilham will play, together with three other musicians to raise funds for the Kangaroo Island bushfire appeal, supporting the work of the Bush Church Aid Society.


The interior of the historic chapel has been repainted.




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Kangaroo Island bushfire recovery could take 10 years, as property clean-up continues

Six months on from the beginning of Kangaroo Island’s deadly bushfire crisis, Barry “Hammer” Smith’s home and shed still lie in ruins near Stokes Bay.

Bushfires ripped through almost half the island in December and January, decimating infrastructure, wildlife and terrain, including on the north coast where Mr Smith’s property is located.

A full recovery could take 10 years, according to the island’s mayor, while most people who lost their homes during the crisis are still a long way off rebuilding.

Despite official claims two weeks ago that all of the more than 450 properties damaged or destroyed had now been cleaned up, Mr Smith said he was still waiting.

He registered for clean-up assistance in January, and has since been told his property will finally be cleared this week.

Mr Smith said that, despite claims all properties had been cleaned up, he was still waiting.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

“They told me that they were going to come and do it and I just got forgotten about. It is a big job that they’ve had to do but no-one should have [been] forgotten about.

“I really have no idea how it could happen. I was just the unlucky one who fell through the crack.”

After initially being “highly critical” of the island’s clean-up process, Mayor Michael Pengilly said it had now been mostly completed and had helped lift people’s spirits.

“In terms of houses, that hasn’t really cranked up yet but there’s a lot of sheds going up — the main thing is that everyone had some form of decent shelter over the winter.

“I think what we’ll find is that not everyone has got enough insurance to rebuild as they wish and they may have to delay rebuilding their homes until such time as they’ve got their properties operating again.”

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Fences were destroyed on Mr Smith’s sheep farm near Stokes Bay.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

Mr Smith said he had waited months for his insurer to pay out, despite still charging him his premiums during that time, but received his money last week.

“Every fence has been burnt, so I need that insurance money to at least rebuild my sheep yards and shed and buy motorbikes and do all those things again,” he said.

For garlic farmer Shane Leahy, who has been working 16 hours a day on his property, the rebuild has happened faster.

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Mr Leahy says early rain could deliver a good crop this year.(ABC News: Claire Campbell)

Mr Leahy lost his house on January 3 while he was out fighting fires. The debris was cleared about a month ago and he recently moved into his replacement home.

“I was living in a caravan for four months, every morning waking up having a cup of coffee looking at the house that had burnt down, so that was starting to get on top of me a little bit,” he said.

“It’s just that constant reminder of what happened.

Volunteer numbers rise following lockdown

While life is improving for Mr Leahy, he is aware most people are still a long way off starting to build new homes.

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Shane Leahy has built a new home after his was destroyed in the fire.(ABC News: Claire Campbell)

“The majority of people affected were primary production people … and those people are scattered all over the island now. Some have left,” he said.

“It’s only in the last few weeks really that things have been turning up … we’re nearly six months into this and they’re only finding some homes for people now.”

Fire charity BlazeAid has helped farmers across the island remove and rebuild about 600 kilometres of burnt fencing.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, most of the 120 volunteers left Kangaroo Island, slowing the recovery effort.

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BlazeAid volunteers Jack Tourlamain and Graham Norfolk say they’re about halfway through their work.(ABC News: Claire Campbell)

But volunteer Jack Tourlamain said the team was building up again now and was expected to stay until summer.

“The downside is we haven’t been able to help as many farmers each week as we’d like to.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done, a lot of farmers haven’t had the help they need, we’re probably a little over halfway in terms of the numbers we’ve done.”

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Fire ripped through almost half the island during December and January.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

Mr Leahy said at least the outlook was positive for primary production.

“Couldn’t have asked for a better season, I think that’s the same for all the farming community here,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to a really good season.”

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Anti-China University of Queensland student Drew Pavlou caught up in ‘kangaroo court’, lawyer claims in 16-page appeal

Charges against suspended University of Queensland (UQ) student Drew Pavlou were “obviously fabricated” and involved “scrounging up every bit of filth which could possibly be thrown at him”, his lawyer claims.

In a 16-page appeal document seen by the ABC, Brisbane barrister Tony Morris QC, who is acting pro-bono, argues Mr Pavlou, a vocal opponent of the Chinese Government, was subject to a “kangaroo court” disciplinary process before his two-year suspension from UQ, announced last week.

Mr Pavlou’s on-campus protests have made news all over the world and put UQ’s relationship with China — and the university sector’s reliance on international students — under increasing scrutiny.

About 20 per cent of UQ’s revenue comes from Chinese students.

Mr Pavlou’s suspension has sparked outrage in some sectors of academia and both sides of politics, with the UQ Chancellor issuing a public statement asking for an explanation.

In the appeal document to Mr Pavlou’s suspension, Mr Morris argues the disciplinary panel was given falsified evidence from someone within the university, and the process was marred by a lack of procedural fairness, conflict of interest, apprehended bias, and a failure to give reasons for the verdicts.

In a closed disciplinary hearing, the panel considered whether Mr Pavlou breached the university’s code of conduct through activities such as on-campus activism against the Chinese Communist Party.

The appeal document reveals the panel which decided the penalty was comprised of two academic staff and an international student.

The University of Queensland gets about 20 per cent of its revenue from Chinese students.(ABC News: Giulio Saggin)

The planned appeal is to the university registrar with the aim of ensuring Mr Pavlou keeps his seat on the UQ senate, but he is also planning Supreme Court action.

Disciplinary board ‘thrown under the bus’

Mr Pavlou has admitted to swearing at fellow students on his Facebook page and in an online university forum, which is part of the case against him.

But the appeal alleges that certain anonymous witness statements were falsified from someone within UQ.

The document alleges the fabricated evidence relates to an anonymous complaint that the university says shows that Mr Pavlou’s social media comments had caused a student to withdraw.

Mr Morris argues the timeline of Mr Pavlou’s posts and the communication from the anonymous student make this charge impossible.

Mr Morris also relies on a statement issued by UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese after the suspension, in which he expressed concern with the panel’s finding and penalty and said he and Vice-Chancellor Peter Hoj played no role in the process.

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Mr Pavlou’s lawyer Tony Morris QC said the allegations against his client were “fabricated”.(AAP: Dan Peled)

“Mr Varghese is to be congratulated for the self-restraint and diplomacy which he showed in waiting a full hour before throwing the members of the disciplinary board under the (metaphorical) bus; and attempting — albeit rather unconvincingly — to distance himself and Professor Hoj from the disciplinary action,” Mr Morris writes.

The appeal describes the statement as “incredible”, referencing UQ’s own rules that the disciplinary board has to be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and there is “no provision” to “delegate”.

It argues that if the disciplinary board was not appointed by Professor Hoj, then it “had no standing or authority to act as a disciplinary board”.

The appeal also says the university’s appointment of law firms Minter Ellison — which acted as prosecutors — and Clayton Utz without the Vice-Chancellor’s knowledge is “perhaps the most significant mystery”.

‘No conflicts of interest’: UQ

The dispute has played out in public and the university’s critics have included the Greens, One Nation, Human Rights Watch, Hong Kong independence leaders and Labor and Liberal senators.

Almost 40,000 people have signed a petition in support of Mr Pavlou.

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But UQ has maintained it acted on complaints to ensure a safe environment for students and staff and the disciplinary action was not about free speech.

“As we have previously stated, the Vice-Chancellor has not been involved in the recent disciplinary process,” a university spokesperson told the ABC.

“The Vice-Chancellor annually appoints a pool of disciplinary panel members from staff and student nominations. Student nominations are proposed by the UQ Student Union.

“The Vice-Chancellor does not decide which panel members hear particular matters. Diversity, availability and ensuring there are no conflicts of interest are considered when allocating disciplinary cases.”

UQ declined to address questions about who appointed the law firms engaged by the university or the impact this had on the board.

“As the other points you have raised are matters which may be raised in any appeal, it would not be appropriate for UQ to comment further,” the spokesperson said.

‘Politically-motivated farce’

The appeal document argues the academics on the panel may not have brought an “impartial and independent mind” to the matter when their employer was paying the prosecutor.

“(Full-time employees) possibly with aspirations of career advancement were being told by UQ’s solicitors, the outcome which UQ wanted the members of the disciplinary board to reach,” the draft appeal reads.

It also criticises the judgement role by the international student on the panel.

The ABC has chosen not to name the members of the panel.

The two-year suspension coincides with the end of Mr Pavlou’s time as the undergraduate representative on the university’s senate, where he has used his platform to consistently criticise university management.

Mr Pavlou, who spoke to the ABC earlier this week, said he hoped his appeal would allow him to finish his degree and keep his senate seat.

He said he was also planning further action in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

“I want to take it to the Supreme Court so we can absolutely tear them to shreds because it’s a politically motivated farce, any independent judge will see this,” he said.

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