Poor little Andrew bewails lost Chinese millions

Via the ABC:

Former trade minister Andrew Robb has slammed his ex-colleagues Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce, as well as Australia’s security agencies, over what he sees as anti-China sentiment.

In a wide-ranging interview with AM, Mr Robb confirmed he had been working with the Chinese company Landbridge on a plan to develop a health precinct in China, designed to train thousands of doctors and treat millions of patients.

“In terms of health, many parts of China are still third world,” he said.

Mr Robb said the precinct would be similar to the Texas Medical Centre, the largest medical facility in the world.

But he said his employment with Landbridge ended “in September, October last year” when the company’s chairman was told Beijing would not accept the proposal.

“He was told in no uncertain terms by the senior officials that unfortunately the relationship between Australia and China had become so toxic that this would be put in the bin,” Mr Robb said.

Much has previously been made of Mr Robb’s $800,000 Landbridge salary, but he said he had done nothing wrong.

“I’ve been pilloried and used and abused. [It’s] been very helpful to try and sell some security measures and things but I understood my responsibilities as much as anyone, more than most I think,” he said.

“I was approached two months after I finished in parliament and certainly about four or five months after I’d finished in cabinet and the (Landbridge) chairman said to me, ‘would you consider coming and doing some work for me’ and I said ‘well I’d love to … but I’ve been a minister in a cabinet, in a related area, I can’t do any work for you in Australia and I can’t do it for 18 months’.

“He said ‘I’m not looking for you to do any work in Australia’.

“I’ve never spent one minute doing work in Australia, notwithstanding what you read endlessly about this being treasonous and greedy and all the rest of it.”

Mr Robb said he did not support the now-cancelled pension scheme some parliamentarians were entitled to, but believed Australia must pay its MPs more.

“I’m not on a pension, like half of us there now are not on a pension — I get $20,000 a year,” he said.

“So if you want to look after your family, who’ve made sacrifices for 35 years, you know, that’s what I’m doing.”

Mr Robb was critical of Australia’s security agencies, saying he regularly attended meetings of cabinet’s national security committee when he was investment minister.

“Well tell us. Let us know. I was in the National Security Committee and I’ve gotta say I didn’t learn much more than I was reading in the papers for three years.”

He was also unhappy with former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce.

“We had our deputy prime minister last year stand up in front of a Channel 9 TV camera and say ‘I want all Australians to know that ISIS is not our security threat, China is our security threat …’ — this is irresponsible,” Mr Robb said.

But it was former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to quote the founder of modern China that was the tipping point for relations souring between China and Australia, Mr Robb said.

“When the prime minister of Australia, in bringing in a register of people who are working for foreign companies, got up and in Mandarin said something, paraphrased that for Australia, as standing up for its freedom … they [the Chinese] were just gob-smacked and deeply offended,” he said.

Pressed as to whether he believed China was trying to infiltrate Australia’s political system, Mr Robb said: “Look, we’re all engaged in soft power … they’ve found one student that stood up in a classroom and tried to influence the lecturer — and was unsuccessful, by the way.”

Mr Joyce wasted no time hitting back at Mr Robb, defending his comments about China posing more of a threat to Australia than the Islamic State group.

“Well, it sounds like myself, Malcolm Turnbull, ASIO, ASIS, are all on the wrong page and Andrew’s on the right page — well, we’re in the presence of genius here,” he said.

“The concern of course is not with the Chinese people, not for one second, that’s ridiculous, it’s with basically a unilateral state organisation that works at the behest overwhelmingly now of one person.

“We welcome a large China, we think it’s going to be a great thing for the world.

Mr Robb also took a swipe at the security think tank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, accusing it of being “a mouthpiece for the US security agencies and its defence industry”.

Peter Jennings, the institute’s executive director, said it was a “laughably silly comment”.

“Frankly, there have been few commentators as critical as I have been of Donald Trump’s presidency,” Mr Jennings said.

“I don’t believe that we have heard anti-China sentiment. I think what people have been concerned about has been frankly the interference of the Chinese Communist Party in Australian domestic politics and amongst Australians of Chinese ethnicity.”

In a statement, a Government spokesman said Australia had a long-standing, constructive relationship with China, “based on mutual benefit and mutual respect and as with any relationship there will sometimes be issues on which we disagree that we will discuss respectfully”.

“We make no apology for doing what’s required to keep Australians safe and defend our sovereignty and our broader national interests,” the statement concluded.

To be clear, the relationship was not derailed by:

  • CCP infiltration of the Australian parliament;
  • an extraordinary “lawfare” campaign to silence Aussie media;
  • corruption of the Australian housing market;
  • a silent invasion across the Pacific explicitly undermining ANZUS;
  • nor massive industrial espionage targeting key allies.

Just sayin’.

Comments

  1. Wino ShinyfaceMEMBER

    But it was former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to quote the founder of modern China that was the tipping point for relations souring between China and Australia, Mr Robb said.

    that was the only good thing terdball ever did

  2. In fairness, the rest of the Oz elites are doing the exact same thing, generally at par with or more than Andrew Robb. Think the billions looted by the banks, by the developers, the entire pretend-globalist-causes technocrats, the shenanigans of the legal profession, healthcare, universities etc etc. They all do exactly what he does, and heaps more.

    He has a point – why is he being targeted? There is a very good reason. The expectation is, as you move up the ranks, you understand not to bite the hand that feeds you. Specifically whatever elite faction bred you.

    If the CCP bred you – https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/15/huawei-ceo-we-would-refuse-a-chinese-government-request-for-user-data.html – no one takes it seriously if you say you will not do what the CCP asks.

    If you are Anglo empire bred however, if push comes to shove, you shut up and support the anglo-empire – even if you loose some money. Apparently Robb has not understood this simple lesson. Hence, he is being made an example of. What a muppet. Even Alexander Downer knows when to lay low. His daughter not so much, but still.

    A more interesting question is why is Robb fighting? If the Chinese have thrown him to the wolves, wouldn’t the logical thing be to take the licks and repay the favour?

    My take is he is still on their payroll, just in a better hidden way. Kept on ice, for later usage, so to speak. Roll out from time to time, possibly blaming racism against the Chinese to friendly journalists – all in waiting for when he might become useful again.

    The alternative is, he f’ed up by betting on a big Chinese win, and thought he was one of theirs. Apparently it never occurred to Robb that they might just be using him, and maybe his Chinese handler lied to him. What a moron.

    Now neither side will touch him with a bargepole. So he is making a nuisance of himself for attention, begging to be let back into the fold, “Look – I’m Pro-China! Why have you hung me out to dry! I’m loyal!”. Probably believes it when he says this too.

    The guy in game of thrones who gets his balls ripped out – the castrati. That’s Andrew Robb.

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  3. So Mr Robb claims he is hard done by, without the Chinese job he would have been on $20,000 pa to get by. Does not explain the two multimillion dollar properties he resides in. One on sydneys harbourside and the other at Palm Beach

  4. haroldusMEMBER

    From a related article:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-12/why-did-northern-territory-sell-darwin-port-to-china-what-risk/10755720

    “It’s quite possible many decades in the future if there is a serious war, where this becomes a serious problem for us, people will wonder whether the decision wasn’t just a stupid one, but whether the people doing it hadn’t looked seriously at the concept and laws surrounding treachery.

    Strongest words I’ve seen written in MSM.

    • You will be happy to know that the offending journalist has been severely reprimanded and sent off to the “you never guess what happened next…”-article department in ABC.

    • TailorTrashMEMBER

      Saw that ……a damned dangerous thing is threachery………….the rope or not the rope ………who will be the judges……

    • BoethiusMEMBER

      “But by leasing the commercial port in Darwin, even though it is well down the harbour, to someone who runs the risk of being a potential adversary over the next 99 years, it’s the equivalent of leasing the Port to the Japanese in 1938‘

      1938. Four years out from Battle of the Coral Sea.

  5. And in another interview, Count Dracula told the ABC that banning him from the blood bank was anti-Transylvanian and clearly motivated by racism.

  6. Thinking we should buy him a one way ticket on one of those safe as houses Boeing 737 MAX 8 back to China..

    • “safe as houses”
      ” Boeing 737 MAX 8″
      ooooh… I see what you did thar… 😀

      You forgot “being picked up in one of them Chinese white vans of enlightment”…

  7. I understand that Andrew Robb paid a lot of tax out of “his” $800,000 salary

    Doesn’t that mean he made a tremendous contribution to his country?

    • Is that right? Was he living in Australia when he was doing all this work? He seemed to emphasise that he did no work “in” Australia and I wondered whether he is setting the scene to claim to have been a non-resident for tax purposes (?)

  8. TailorTrashMEMBER

    I love how he bemoaned how he was “labeled a traitor “ …..

    ….listen fcukwit….that’s exactly what you are …..now live with it …..cos that is what you are
    …….for the next 99 years ……well past your miserable grasping lifetime that patch of Australia has a hostile claim on it ……well done….. traitor