Victoria University pulled the screening of a film criticising a global group of Chinese Communist Party-backed research institutes because it had one of those institutes in the same building.
Conservative leader Cory Bernardi says Confucius Institutes represent the expansion of the Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia and should be closed.
In The Name of Confucius, a Canadian film critical of China's Confucius Institutes was due to be shown last Friday in Victoria University’s Melbourne CBD campus.
The university told The Australian yesterday that it had a Confucius Institute in the same building and did not want any “disruption”.
The organisers says they were told the theatre was “double booked”.
On the day of the intended screening, journalists from The Epoch Times visited VU’s City Campus and found no less than four theatres empty—the one booked and three other comparable ones.
Photos and videos were taken from as early as 7 p.m., the scheduled time of the event, until 8:30 p.m. By 9 p.m., the lift had already stopped working—all theatres were empty.
Senator Bernardi has told 3AW's Steve Price Confucius Institutes are not the only reason he's called for a royal commission into Chinese influence in Australia.
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