Turnbull demands LNP exorcise Manchurian Candidates

He has a right given it was the one thing he got right in government as pushing back the Chinese Communist Party’s “silent invasion”, via the ABC:

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has demanded answers from his replacement and slammed the Home Affairs Minister amid revelations a Chinese Communist Party-aligned billionaire paid tens of thousands of dollars trying to secure Australian citizenship.

A Four Corners-Sydney Morning Herald investigation revealed Mr Dutton granted then-Labor senator Sam Dastyari approval to hold a ceremony for the family of Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.

Mr Huang was also seeking Australian citizenship for himself — and met Mr Dutton to discuss it — but was ultimately unsuccessful after domestic spy agency ASIO warned against it.

Mr Turnbull said the story was very concerning and troubling and the Prime Minister should take it seriously.

“Scott Morrison is the Prime Minister and you can’t waive this off and say that it is all part of gossip and of the bubble — this is the national security of Australia,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Remember the furore that arose against [former Labor senator] Sam Dastyari … all the same issues have risen again.”

When Mr Morrison was asked about the investigation this morning, he defended the Coalition’s record on foreign interference and said Mr Dastyari had disgraced the Labor Party.

“I think that compares very significantly to that of the Labor Party where senator Sam Dastyari had to resign in disgrace because he not only compromised himself in standing in front of an Australian Government insignia with the very individual you’re referring to,” Mr Morrison said.

Today, Mr Dutton dismissed the investigation and said he had never accepted a dollar from the Chinese billionaire.

“I had that one meeting with him over lunch. I have never seen him since,” Mr Dutton said.

“As I say, what has he got from me?

“He is now offshore and prevented from coming back into Australia. So somehow, you know, the beat-up of what I’ve seen of last night just doesn’t stack up.”

Speaking shortly after Mr Dutton’s comments, Mr Turnbull said he still had a lot of explaining to do.

“He is supposed to be the minister responsible for the domestic security of Australia, he is supposed to be the minister responsible for ensuring our politics is not influenced by foreign actors,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The idea that the minister responsible for enforcing those laws has had a meeting of this kind raises a lot of questions, but Peter Dutton is the only one that can answer them, and Santo Santoro should answer questions about his role.

“It is concerning and very troubling for everyone, every Australian concerned about ensuring that our politics is not influenced by foreign actors.”

Too right.

Comments

    • He’s now the political equivalent of an MB shut in. He has the luxury of shooting from the lip without having to actually do anything.

      • I’m no dutto fan but the s44 breach would never have stacked up. It was more useful as a vague threat than a real action.

  1. Mr Dutton dismissed the investigation and said he had never accepted a dollar from the Chinese billionaire.

    “I had that one meeting with him over lunch.

    If an ordinary looking guy like me wanted to have lunch with Mr Dutton, could I arrange it?
    or would I have to become a Chinese billionaire first?

  2. It shows the lack of a moral compass of our happy clappy leader. For him it seems the disgrace only became real when Shanghai Sam resigned and given that none of his party has resigned over their dealings with proxies for the Chinese government then he apparently sees no problem.

    And Turnbull is spot on: at the time Dutto met with the Chinese dude he was the Minister for Home Affairs, whose portfolio includes ASIO and the AFP. There is no way he or his office would not have been given a heads-up that Mr Huang was not someone their Minister should privately meet with. Doesn’t matter whether or not anything eventuated from the meeting, it is the perception that something may have that is the key issue.

    • Something did happen from the meeting. Huang’s wife and kids got a private citizenship ceremony. They should be kicked out of the country with him.