The recent, surging trend of nationalist Chinese students -- who make up a whopping 30%, and counting, of Australia’s international student market -- turning their attentions to teachers who offend Beijing’s doctored version of Chinese history is a potent illustration of what happens when an industry becomes reliant on a significant customer.

They are propping up the books in every Australian tertiary education of any note, in what is likely to soon become a textbook case study, and these students have begun to drive the behaviour of the industry.