Via The Australian:
Amid growing concerns over the strategic implications of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy initiative, a number of federal Labor MPs told The Australian they were astonished the Andrews government had decided to break ranks with federal Labor to back the controversial initiative.
“This must be stopped. Everyone knows that Andrews has messed up law and order in Victoria. He can’t now be allowed to mess up national security as well,” a senior Labor MP said.
Another warned it could help Beijing expand its influence in the state and take strategic stakes in key infrastructure projects.
…A third Labor figure said it was disappointing the Andrews government had decided to ignore federal party policy, given China’s human rights violations, disregard for the global rules-based order and predatory lending practices in developing countries.
Damn right. Let’s have the MOU out in the open. Who pushed it? Why?
He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.