The right-wing president of the University of Queensland student union has refused to answer questions over why his ruling "Fresh" party secretly registered the name of a rival group and then installed his brother as a candidate for next week's student elections.

Colin Finke, the Young LNP-linked union president drafted last year by campus Liberal powerbroker Brodie Thompson to sit atop the $16 million fiefdom, released a statement yesterday headed "Democracy alive and well at University of Queensland" in response to Crikey's exclusive report on the fracas.