‘Underdog candidacy’: Drew Pavlou on running for Senate at the next federal election

·

22-year-old, Drew Pavlou, was suspended from the University of Queensland last year for protesting against Chinese government influence on Australian university campuses.

His case received international attention and he became a martyr of free speech as his actions enraged the Chinese Communist Party.

Now, over a year later, he’s opened up to The Australian about his new life after going through a “really dark place.”

“Now that I look back on it, I was just so agitated at the time and I was probably quite unwell mentally,” Pavlou told The Australian from his ­parents’ home in Coorparoo, Brisbane.

Drew Pavlou. Picture: Justine Walpole.

“I was ­trying to show a brave face and tough-guy image because, like, I didn’t want to ever be seen as weak… I haven’t talked about this much in the media. I think it got to a point where I did have a sort of breakdown.

“Mentally, I was in a really dark place. I really wanted to die at certain points. Not to the point of taking my own life, but if I got struck down by lightning or if I got hit by a car or something like that, that’d be fine.”

Despite this, Pavlou says he’s getting his life back on track and has resumed the final leg of his Arts degree at The University of Queensland. He’s also reconnected to the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, where he was baptised.

“I have rekindled my Christian faith. That became a big thing for me in trying to remove the hubris, in trying to see something above myself… I’d been quite spiritual when I was younger,” Pavlou said.

“For me, it was always just about the fact that it’s founded on love and compassion… that was my experience of it when I was younger. And I guess I lost that a bit when I grew older and went to university. I’d just gone away from that, sort of drifted away from it.”

With this new outlook on life, his latest plans are to now form his own party and run for the Senate at the next federal election. 

“It’s very much an underdog candidacy. I like the David-versus-Goliath odds. Never say never, right? I’m just going to try and sell a positive vision,” he said to The Australian.

“I’m going to explain my beliefs, how they’re founded very much on humanitarian ­values, how I want a fair economy, how I want to put human rights at the centre of Australia’s foreign policy. I’m not going to be doing the crazy aggressive attacks that I was sort of known for.”

Source: The Australian.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

George Calombaris’ Greek street food favourite Gazi returns

Chef George Calombaris is bringing back his Greek street food favourite Gazi after almost five years. Read more here.

Turkey creates ‘digital twin’ of Hagia Sophia

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has finalised a complete scan of Hagia Sophia to create its perfect "digital twin."

Cyprus and the EU react to Hezbollah war threat

Cyprus reacted with incredulity on Thursday after the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah threatened war.

Second year, same spirit: Zeibekiko Festival Australia returns by popular demand

The second Zeibekiko Festival Australia will return with a bang from September 27 this year thanks to Ventouris Productions.

Psihosavato: Remembering loved ones with prayers, prosphora and kolyva

Devout followers of the Greek Orthodox faith will attend a special church service known as ‘Psihosavato’ on Saturday, June 22.

You May Also Like

Greek island of Halki become first to produce electricity it consumes

Halki has become the first Greek island to successfully produce the electricity it consumes, as part of the “GR-eco Islands”.

Victorian Liberal Party releases plan to strengthen ties with Greek community

The Victorian Liberal Party has released its plan to strengthen ties with the local Greek community if re-elected this weekend.

Greece to build new refugee camps, cut reception stays on islands

Greece has promised to build new reception centres for refugees and cut the maximum stay in camps on its now-overcrowded islands.