Mr [Andrew] Hastie, who chairs the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security, said the Chinese Communist Party thought “generationally” about how to maintain its grip on power.
…“How are we safeguarding democracy for future generations? How are we protecting our sovereignty and prosperity?” he said.
…“We are dealing with a state that uses the whole of society to advance its national objectives. We are less organised because we believe in individual liberty,” he said.
…One of Labor’s most respected voices on national security, Victorian MP Anthony Byrne, said despite his differences with the anti-globalist Mr Bannon, he agreed that defending liberal democratic values against challenges from authoritarian regimes was one of the defining political issues of this generation.
…Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen said Mr Bannon was “dead right”.
…Labor MP Michael Danby said that Mr Bannon was right about Australia being on a “fault line” and right to endorse the foreign interference laws.
Cue Beijing Bob demands for quiet.