Labor’s China hacks dance on Hong Kong’s grave

What a pack of treasonous arseholes Labor are. Via The Australian:

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he is “very proud” to have signed his state up to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative on trade and investment, despite his West Australian Labor counterpart, Mark McGowan, this week rejecting China’s push for his state to join.

Mr Andrews broke ranks with the federal government last year when he signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing on the BRI, which is viewed in Canberra as a vehicle for Chinese regional and global expansion.

Defending the decision yesterday, Mr Andrews said he was proud of Victoria’s “very strong” relationship with China.

…“Every member of my cabinet has travelled to China in the delivery of a promise that I made over my previous four years. We’ve got a couple of new members of cabinet this time. They’ll be going to China as well.”

By all means go but stop seceding from Australian foreign policy. Why? This, at Domain:

A Melbourne City councillor has said she regrets bowing to “political influence” and not proceeding with a motion commemorating the 30th anniversary of Beijing’s crackdown on Tiananmen Square in which thousands of students were killed.

Cr Jackie Watts said she was dissuaded from proceeding with a motion on June 4 after what she believed was “political influence” from the Chinese Consulate, which triggered “acute distress” in some of her colleagues.

When confronted with this distress, she said she was dissuaded from proceeding with the motion just minutes before the meeting started.

“On reflection, I know that this timid acquiescence in the face of pressure was an error on my part. I regret this on a number of levels,” Cr Watts told a meeting on Thursday night.

“Choosing to stay silent, to in effect bow to political influence right here in our city may have been a humane or collegiate response, but it was contrary to the very democracy that we hold dear.”

If we have to sell our souls to be friends with China then the price is too high.

Unless you don’t have one. See Red Kevin, via The Guardian:

Rudd, who is now the director of the Asia Society Policy Institute based in New York, and is studying for a PhD on Chinese president Xi Jinping at Oxford University, spoke at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on Thursday night in an unguarded manner, repeatedly expressing his disdain for Donald Trump whom he called “the Trumpster” or “the Donald” and comparing China’s state-run media to News Corp.

But Rudd saved his most scathing comments of the evening for Turnbull, referencing an incident in December 2017 during the controversy about foreign interference and Labor MP Sam Dastyari’s connections with China.

When asked if he felt “bullied or intimidated” by China, Turnbull invoked a famous Chinese slogan to declare Australia would “stand up” against meddling in its national affairs. Switching between Mandarin and English, Turnbull said: “Modern China was founded in 1949 with these words: ‘The Chinese people have stood up’. It was an assertion of sovereignty, it was an assertion of pride. And we stand up and so we say, the Australian people stand up.”

On Thursday night, Rudd said politicians needed to “be very judicious about when you open your big mouth”.

“By which I mean, Turnbull’s egregious statement that the Australian people have stood up. That stuff that he did at the end of 2017, that was just nuts, it was domestically and politically self-indulgent nuttiness.”

Rudd said he was in Beijing at the time of the comments, and the discussion of foreign interference was passing by without much attention from Chinese leaders.

“And then suddenly, in thunders Malcolm, and he picks the phrase that Mao Zedong used… Picks that phrase, or blabs it out in his own appalling rendition of Chinese, and then suddenly it was in every Chinese headline.

“You want to pick the day when the relationship went, in my judgment unnecessarily, down the gurgle [sic], it was that day, so just be judicious about when you embark upon public language.”

Err, no, if you want to pick a day it was the moment that Sam Dastayari ripped the scab of an egregious attempt by the CPC to distort Australian democracy. Have a read of Turnbull’s reponse yourself:

The Legislation

The legislation I am introducing today is designed to reinforce the strengths of our open democratic system while shoring up its vulnerabilities.

I mentioned earlier that our Counter Foreign Interference Strategy has four pillars: sunlight, enforcement, deterrence and capability.

Of these, sunlight is at the very centre.

To ensure activities are exposed to sunlight, following an extensive review by the Attorney-General, we are introducing a new Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme.

The principle is quite straightforward.

If a person or entity engages with the Australian political landscape on behalf of a foreign state or principal then they must register accordingly.

This will give the Australian public and decision-makers proper visibility when foreign states or individuals may be seeking to influence Australia’s political processes and public debates.

The link could be a financial relationship or some other form of arrangement.

Registration requirements are carefully structured so that the closer you get to the heart of Australian politics, the more likely it is that you must register.

Being registered under the scheme should not be seen as any kind of taint. And certainly not as a crime.

To the contrary it is applying the basic principles of disclosure to allow the public and policymakers to assess any underlying agenda.

But if you fail to disclose your ties to a foreign principal then you could be liable for a criminal offence.

This is not about shutting down legitimate debate, but rather enabling it.

Interference, espionage and sabotage

Sunlight is the most reliable disinfectant but it will not be sufficient on its own.

We are also introducing, for the first time, offences for acts of foreign interference. Addressing a clear gap, we will criminalise covert, deceptive and threatening actions by persons acting on behalf of, or in collaboration with, a foreign principal aiming to influence Australia’s political processes or prejudice our national security.

Acts of foreign interference are often intertwined with espionage.

But our espionage laws are so unwieldy they have not supported a single conviction in decades, even as the threat reaches unprecedented levels.

So we will also introduce a range of carefully structured espionage offences as well as new provisions for secrecy, sabotage and treason.

Any one of these three pieces of legislation—the foreign donations legislation, which Senator Cormann will introduce into the Senate, transparency, and interference-related criminal offences, would mark an enormous improvement in our ability to counter foreign interference.

Together, they add up to the most important overhaul of our counterintelligence legislative framework since the 1970s.

They should be seen as interlocking components. All are important and none will fully succeed without the others.

Finally, we need a central hub to not only enforce the law but do so in a way that maximises deterrence.

This is where our new Home Affairs portfolio will come in.

There is no national security threat outside war time that demands an integrated all-of-government capability like this one.

By enacting this legislation, and building the capability to properly use it, we are sending an unmistakable signal:

We will not allow foreign states to use our freedoms to erode freedom; our open democracy to subvert democracy; our laws to undermine the rule of law.

Absolutely proportionate, if anything moderate, and ought to be supported by the ScoMo Government.

And all of this Labor CPC apologising as 100k Australians are on the ground in Hong Kong while it fights for survival.

WTF.

Comments

    • Maybe once but now that pretty much everyone is doing it does it mean treason became a business activity?

    • DominicMEMBER

      If it was, the political establishment would be decimated. Xi knows that most of our pollies would sell their mothers if there was a buck in it for them. And he’ been exploiting their greed to great effect for years.

    • The cvnt will get paid for the rest of his miserable life no doubt, no matter what he has agreed to or will sell off that isn’t bolted down.

  1. Aus used to be tough and take no shit, now my homeland is just full of pussies…its a fking shame, no balls, just watch the block or see some fckwits kid bake a cake on masterchef…while letting these lefties close down the cross, let everything get taken away under your noses…can’t drink past certain hour, can’t swim outside the flags, gotta drive below 40k cause some school happens to be in a 10k radius, but hey the blocks on and gotta see who wins that, i could go on and on….Aus now makes the Kiwi’s look stronger…fcking unbelievable…

      • hell yeah, i was absolutely fcked at cricket, hated the hard ball, was total retard, my teachers told me that i was rubbish and to try something else, so i took up rowing and swimming….i won the GPS head of the River and was captain of the first V111…swam for the GPS team….and why, cause the good teachers back then guided me. this is how you find out where u stand in life…man, nowdays you get a medal for coming last!…

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      It was Conservative (Right Wingers) that closed down the Cross you doofus.

  2. “Rudd, who is now the director of the Asia Society Policy Institute based in New York, and is studying for a PhD on Chinese president Xi Jinping at Oxford University…”

    If anyone has a suggestion for how our Kevin might make his tongue a little browner and his ambitions more apparent please contact Dan Andrews in Spring (Roll) Street.

    Yes, the CCP has done incredible things in lifting so many out of poverty in China, yet it is the poverty of our own politics and the cargo cult mentality of our cock-sure politicians that is truly frightening. That state government politicians are compelled to visit China is more than just a little disturbing.

    Sun Tzu (The Art of War) had a few interesting things to say about the psych of Chinese negotiation:

    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting…If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”

    China plays the long game, while our political opportunists think from one election to the next and are no longer capable of defending public or national values that get in the way of a cash cow. Australia no longer knows what it stands for as its political class have detached from the will of the majority. A building program based upon mass immigration, debt and privatisation is not ‘nation building’. If you have lost your ethical bearings hitching your cart to a waggon that has a clear destination does not mean that you are still in the driver’s seat.

    • I’m ashamed to be a Victorian under deputy Chairman Dan. We’re probably all vulnerable under this agreement, as how could you prove you’re innocent under Dan’s plan for us. What get’s me is that Dan is able to do what he likes, no MSM or ABC puchback, and he still gets into power, so the vast majority of Victorians are up for his CCP links into who knows what else. The CCP warships are probably on their way. I never I’d see most of our pollies now seeming to be under Chinese control except for Turnbull, but they booted him. How the ABC can claim to be fair and balanced and not defend us as is shameful. We truly are the trash now.

    • BubbleyMEMBER

      “Subdue your enemy without fighting.”

      Xi did that when he sent 3 unannounced Chinese warships into Sydney harbour.
      Spluttering Scomo “Ah, ah yeah, um, we knew they were coming…”

    • “Yes, the CCP has done incredible things in lifting so many out of poverty in China”

      Yeah, nah. The Chinese people lifted themselves out of poverty (and we can have a discussion about just what that really means with reference to some actual numbers another time) DESPITE the CCP, which did it’s very best to delay the process by several decades.

      • I used the shorthand. Of course, the Chinese people did much themselves. The true perspective is that the application of western science, education and technology by engagement allowed it all to happen – along with western neoliberalism that moved industry to China.

        But if you ask most local Chinese the great majority will give the credit to the CCP happy clappers.

        The danger of distorted history is that it gives rise to warped policy in the here and now. Much about China has distorted reality and public values that sit in an uneasy no man’s land between mercantile excess and authoritarianism.

        If Australia wants to ride the dragon’s tail under such conditions we better have half-smart leaders, not sycophants and opportunists riding a cash cow – or we can kiss goodbye to an independent culture based upon western values and good governance.

  3. So the Chinese gummint has a hold over some Melbourne City CouncilVermin that allows them to apply pressure that will cause the vermin “acute distress”. Clearly, these people are compromised and should be subject to investigation because if they can be pressured about this issue then they can be pressured to do anything the Chinese want.

    One can only conclude that the former great Australian city of Melbourne is now being run by and for agents of the Chinese gummint.

    And as for Rudd? What a vile toady and arse-licker. It’s rare to see such arrogance and grovelling subservience combined into a single repugnant blob. I never thought he was all that bright. Narcissistic, ruthless and self-serving sure, but not very smart. Here’s your proof.

    • You have to wonder what was said from the Chinese consulate to these low life councillors. I mean, if I was a councillor and the Chinese consulate rang up demanding this or that, I would squarely tell them to go fvck themselves and to stay out of my business in MY country.

  4. It’s further evidence of the staggering disconnect between the elite globalists and the lived experience of everyday Australians. For the wealthy globalists, open borders means the experience of being able to float across cultural borders, see opera in London, Sydney and Beijing, collaborate with businesses across global head offices, etc etc. To these people, there is nothing bad about global growth, open borders and open trade. In fact, from their perspective complaining about this really is just xenophobic nonsense.

    Move across the socioeconomic spectrum and you have polluted local environments, localised overcrowding, crush-loaded infrastructure, wage suppression, debt-loading. Most of these people won’t be going to see Wagner’s epic by Chinese director Shi-Zheng Chen, but they will struggle with chronic under-employment, traffic, overcrowded schools, outrageous mortgages, failing emergency centres etc etc.

  5. My worry is that local Chinese are very nationalistic and still support the Communist dictatorship in China…my well educated Chinese colleague here in Perth believes that the Chinese state is more important than the individual’s rights and that China would disintegrated under democracy…similar the what happened to the once mighty Soviet Union. So local Chinese may become a significant problem in the future… Fuc# Huawei and Chinese expansion I say!

  6. So different to Bob Hawke crying as he described the butchery that occurred on 4 June 1989.

    These people are disgusting.

  7. Rudd is a loathsome pig. He always has been. An angry, narcissistic c&nt. It’s amazing how many Labor supporters are apologists for the Chinese – even enthusiastic.