Students protest as Christopher Pyne visits St John’s College at University of Sydney. Photo: Twitter: @honi_soit Christopher Pyne is attending the Howard Debating Cup, held by University of Sydney’s Liberal Club. Photo: Twitter: @honi_soit
Students protest as Christopher Pyne visits St John’s College at University of Sydney. Photo: Wolter Peeters
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has been smuggled into a function at the University of Sydney after a violent confrontation between protesters and police.
The minister was invited to adjudicate the John Howard Debating Cup, an annual event hosted by the Sydney University Liberal Club.
About 50 protesting students tried to gain entry to St John’s College on Missenden Road at Camperdown, where the event was being held, but police have stopped them, throwing them onto the ground.
It was reported Mr Pyne was smuggled into the building an hour later.
The event was promoted earlier in the week on the Liberal Club’s website but was taken down after students across the country held a series of protests against budget cuts and education reforms.
University of Sydney Union vice-president Tom Raue joined the protest and said Attorney-General George Brandis and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson were also meant to be attending.
“There are many, many riot police blocking each entry to the college,” he said.
“It’s pretty rough, they’re stopping people getting in. We are making our point.”
He said there had been no arrests and no serious injuries among the 50 protesters.
Mr Pyne left the college about 8.45pm, waving to about a dozen protesters who were still outside.
The Howard Cup, founded in 2010 by then Vice President Alex Dore, consists of four rival Liberal clubs across Sydney going head to head in three rounds over questions of public policy and Liberal ideology.
On Wednesday, two people were arrested at a student protest in the city that drew thousands of students. Simultaneous events were held across the country.
Prominent Liberal figures have been harangued at universities since the federal budget was handed down on Tuesday last week.
Last Friday, students jostled Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop as she entered a function at the University of Sydney and heckled her at a separate event on the same day at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Former frontbencher Sophie Mirabella was also shouted down during a lecture at the University of Melbourne on Monday and Prime Minister Tony Abbott cancelled a visit to Deakin University’s Geelong campus on Tuesday because of safety concerns.
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