China attacks Australia with impunity

Still more fallout from Chinese influence today, this time Labor, at Domain:

A NSW Labor MP, who is linked to pro-China community organisations, hired a staffer who completed a propaganda training course in Beijing run by the Chinese Communist Party.

Upper house MLC Shaoquett Moselmane, who controversially gave a speech last year proclaiming a “new world order” was needed for China to reach its potential, appointed John Zhang to his parliamentary office at the beginning of 2019.

Mr Moselmane has taken nine privately-funded trips to China since entering Parliament in 2009. Disclosure records show his transport and hospitality costs were often met by Chinese government officials or agencies.

Mr Zhang is listed as a vice-chairman of Australia China Economics, Trade and Culture Association (ACETCA) on the organisation’s now-defunct website, which some China experts say has become a leading Chinese Communist Party-aligned organisation in Australia.

Come now, he’s just getting ahead.

In one way it’s started to bite, at The Australian:

Federal MPs have wound back travel to China on state-sponsored junkets amid concerns over foreign­ influence but continue to claim overseas-funded “study tours” paid for by governments includin­g Taiwan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco and Azerbaijan.

The Australian can reveal more than 100 MPs and senators have claimed sponsored overseas travel, including flights, accommod­ation, transport and meals, from foreign governments, lobby groups, think tanks and ­companies.

The audit of MPs’ sponsored travel between 2016 and this year shows parliamentarians continue to accept internationally funded trips, including airfares and accom­modation for partners, with limited requirements to outline their movements.

But in a more important sense it is worse than ever, via Herald Sun:

Bolt’s accusations against China were clearly correct.

Its claims in the South China Sea have been ruled unlawful by the International Court of Arbitration, and Xi Jinping is a dictator in all but name.

So Ms Liu’s reluctance to agree with him was troubling. But not because she diverged from the government’s position. The real problem is that she didn’t.

Read the statement the Prime Minister’s Office reportedly helped her craft the next day…That carefully worded statement has one significant thing in common with Ms Liu’s answers to Bolt — it steadfastly avoids direct criticism of China.

…Ms Liu’s interview was undeniably a trainwreck, and she still has serious questions to answer. Who knows, she may end up losing her job.

But whatever happens to her, long after voters have forgotten her name, the broader issue here will remain.

Our politicians will still be reluctant to speak clearly about China’s flaws.

In the long run, that is more important than the fate of one MP.

Amen to that. Especially since the Chinese Communist Party is attacking the democracy with impunity, via Reuters:

Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, five people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Australia’s cyber intelligence agency – the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) – concluded in March that China’s Ministry of State Security was responsible for the attack, the five people with direct knowledge of the findings of the investigation told Reuters.

The five sources declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue. Reuters has not reviewed the classified report.

The report, which also included input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, recommended keeping the findings secret in order to avoid disrupting trade relations with Beijing, two of the people said. The Australian government has not disclosed who it believes was behind the attack or any details of the report.

In response to questions posed by Reuters, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office declined to comment on the attack, the report’s findings or whether Australia had privately raised the hack with China. The ASD also declined to comment.

…The report, which also included input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, recommended keeping the findings secret in order to avoid disrupting trade relations with Beijing, two of the people said.

DFAT sell-outs. Time to publish and be damned. Whatever the CCP is going to do to us is coming regardless.

Comments

  1. On a separate note
    Is anyone experiencing this site updates much slower
    Pics and comments area very slow ???

  2. Serious question; At what point does the Governor General step in and what would it take? We have blatant interference / corruption in NSW and if it’s happening there, it must be happening in other states. We also have a seriously compromised Federal Government; our entire system of government is hopelessly compromised.

    • Yes, it does feel that way.

      I was thinking about Governor General actions myself last night, and how it might appropriate if this all gets more stinky – a combined Fed and State Governor letter or commentary might actually be very effective, and wake people up…

      Our democracy does seem increasingly compromised and bought 🙁

    • Even StevenMEMBER

      I would love the Governor General to step in to the debate and tell the politicians to get their sh!t sorted. I would pay good money as they go through the phases of slack jawed surprise, followed by bristling indignation, followed by the almighty media storm and surge in support from the general public. Ahhhh… dreams.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      We can only imagine what will eventually be uncovered in the Victorian Polity. You have the former ALP Premier who was a board member of Huawei and is now on the Teat as a University Chancellor cheering for more International Students. On top of that the current Premier signed up Victoria, against the national direction, to the China Belt & Road Influence program. Now how could that possibly ensure that Victoria is free of Chinese government influence? Of course it couldn’t…

  3. Bolt’s accusations against China were clearly correct.

    Its claims in the South China Sea have been ruled unlawful by the International Court of Arbitration, and Xi Jinping is a dictator in all but name.

    So Ms Liu’s reluctance to agree with him was troubling. But not because she diverged from the government’s position. The real problem is that she didn’t.

    Read the statement the Prime Minister’s Office reportedly helped her craft the next day…That carefully worded statement has one significant thing in common with Ms Liu’s answers to Bolt — it steadfastly avoids direct criticism of China.

    In this respect I actually think it unfair to single Liu out.

    When all is said and done every communications advisor, every spin doctor, every media handler, of virtually every representative in Parliament would have the sentiment ringing in their ear ‘Do not call China’s President Xi a dictator!’ . Mainly because the moment they do, the next load of coal or iron ore arriving in Quindao will rust at anchor before it gets unloaded. I think even today if the question were to be posed to Morison, Albanese, Barnaby or whoever is running NP land – they would all hand out some weasel words about ‘different systems’ ‘for the Chinese people to decide’ etc.  And of course there is the not quite comfortable thought that – as is the case in Russia with VVP – an awful lot of Chinese may be sort of OK with that.

    Liu is the obvious symptom of a greater malaise.  Macrobusiness and its commenters have been pointing out – rightly – for nearly a decade that Australia is simply unable to have a real public discourse looking at issues like (inter alia).

    Immigration and its centrality to Australian GDP growth

    –       The need for population Ponzi to sustain an aged Australia

    –       The reliance of non commodity exporting Australia on foreign students – which is essentially a backdoor immigration ruse

    –       The role of immigration in underpinning housing speculation – and the desirability for any form of house price falls

    The structuring of the Australian economy towards services (and what types of jobs this leads to) from the globally exposed manufacturers we once had

    Political funding, Branch stacking,

    The probity of our politicians, S144, their ability to slip straight from politics to some nice juicy sinecure in the corporate world, their entitlements, their links to funding and vested interests, their use of tax avoidance

    When all is said and done Liu has………

    Said she didn’t know how long she was a member of an organisation and didn’t know much about what that organisation was for.…..well she wouldn’t be the first politician to tell a whopper about being a member of a dubious organisation, or be a member of an organisation without having the faintest idea what it was about.

    Tried to introduce someone to the then PM in exchange for some form of funding ……well as we can see it seems that everyone in Australian politics is inclined to look the other way if their funding looks a little dodgy.

    declined to call President Xi a dictator ….which I suspect virtually every mainstream party politician would respond similarly to.

    For sure I think she is a fraud, but there are ample other things she could be nailed for – like the idea to make Chinese language signage in her electorate look like AEC signage, or the sources of her fundraising, which nobody really seems to want to get to look at – because looking at these types of issues for her leads logically to looking at other politicians in the light of those same issues.

    Liu is the symptom of a far greater malaise.  At a certain level I almost feel sorry for her.  The reason ScoMo came straight on out with racism is because that has been the default setting from the Real Estate lobby for nearly 10 years of any questioning of the probity of Chinese access to Australian RE. It was almost certainly just an instinctive reaction for him. The reason he will cough up every skerrick of political capital on political theatre is to keep the focus on her, and prevent the issues (the real issues) from getting a chewing over, and on that the ALP is probably on the same page as the LNP.

    • I still want to see the ASIO report on Liu.
      I’d also like to know at what point the LNP knew of any warning flags – if applicable.

      As a member of the public and from comments here and in other forums, I’d say this is definitely a matter of public interest, as Liu was elected by the voting public.

  4. “has taken nine privately-funded trips to China since entering Parliament in 2009. Disclosure records show his transport and hospitality costs were often met by Chinese government officials or agencies”

    Front desk -“We have covered your flights and accomodation sir, here is your room key…the hookers and blow will be up shortly.”
    Front desk (upon leaving)- “thank you for your stay, here are some happy snaps to show your friends at the next vibrants party”

  5. The International Court of Arbitration has no standing to rule on issue of maritime boundaries when the country doesn’t sign up to it. China has not signed up, and neither did USA. The purpose of the ruling is to generate anti-China propaganda, nothing more.

    China has any no legal justification in claiming the South China Sea. The region is strategically important for China to either control, or deny others control of it. This criteria however also applies to every country bordering the South China Sea, so what China looks for will never be achievable. The fact they continue to push ahead with military installations is pure hubris.

  6. John Howards Bowling Coach

    The only way to deal with this is straight forward. China know that they are doing it and they also know that we know they are doing it. They will always outwardly deny it as we would when called on our own spies activities. So the method to address it, is to actually address it. DFAT need to be educated that while China play tough on trade politics they also only ever buy what they have to, they are never your friend, never have been and always remain completely selfish. Most nations that are not naive like Australia, are the same. So while China will make noises they still need our good or would be sourcing elsewhere and you can see vertical integration via foreign direct investment is always their aim (check the news today re the Bellamy’s buyout, yet another business making money for Oz will soon be foreign owned). So DFAT need to accept they will keep buying until they can buy out. Thus whatever we say to them will raise their ire, but they will continue to buy.
    Then we need to have some straight talk, tell the Chinese we know they are trying to infiltrate our nation and that it needs to stop and if not we will need to halt issuing Visa’s to the Chinese until it does stop.

  7. Not only is he a dictator but he’s also ultimately responsible for gulags, organ harvesting, forced abortion, torture and God knows what else.

    But to read our [email protected] media you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s actually better than Donald Trump (who’d love to be a dictator but isn’t one)…