Albo is as strong as a bouquet of pansies, via Domain:
Federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese says the party is in “a diabolical situation” and foreshadowed “comprehensive” structural reform of the NSW branch following damning allegations it had covered up illegal donations.
Mr Albanese said a review into NSW Labor would take place once the six-week inquiry by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption concluded, in case there are more revelations in coming weeks.
“I am not preempting legal processes. It will reveal what it will reveal,” Mr Albanese said on Sunday.
“But from the evidence that has been given before ICAC this week, there is enough evidence in there to require a comprehensive response of structural reform of NSW Labor,” he said.
Unless those structural reforms include some way to expunge Chinese influence then they will be useless practically and politically. How is that possible when the party is so wedded to its dated notion of China as a great and benevolent friend represented in grey beards like Kevin Rudd and Paul Keating who occupy professional positions deeply compromised by Chinese influence? How is it possible when Labor’s new leader is already beholden to a Chinese electorate?
In Victoria, Manchurian Dan has no sense of the changing zeitgeist either, via Herald Sun:
China’s state-owned construction behemoth is a key player in one of three consortiums short-listed to build the twin tunnels in Victoria’s biggest road project.
China Construction Oceania — the Australian presence of China State Construction Engineering Corporation — is part of the “Spark” consortium in the running to be awarded the $7-9 billion contract for the North East Link.
After a worldwide search, the state government will unveil the shortlist on Monday to construct the three-lane, six-kilometre twin tunnels linking the Eastern Freeway with the M80 Ring Road.
China State Construction does business in more than 100 countries and says it is the “representative and leader” of the Belt and Road Initiative — President Xi Jinping’s signature program to bankroll hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure around the world.
In Western Australia, the ALP’s Manchurian Mark isn’t much better, via the ABC:
Foreign investors have purchased hundreds of hectares of land in WA’s Midwest with a view to establishing a rural Chinatown, including an English-language school.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn revealed the bold plan by developer PIP Holdings to create the suburb in the city’s eastern fringe.
It includes building homes specifically for Chinese migrants and associated service industries to cater to their needs.
Cr Van Styn said foreign investment could be just the ticket to revitalise the region’s main city, located 400 kilometres north of Perth.
But there are questions about whether the proposed development will help or hinder the region.
While the Federal Coalition Government wrestles with this, at The Australian:
In East Timor, Chinese labourers are living quietly in makeshift accommodation, among unkempt gardens and dirty swimming pools.
The workers are deployed on major infrastructure projects in the tiny nation, illustrating Beijing’s growing presence — and influence — in one of Australia’s nearest neighbours.
The five Chinese camps, maintained by Communist Party of China-controlled contractor Covec, at one point housed about 500 workers who were flown in to help build East Timor’s first expressway.
The camps, which also housed Timorese locals employed on the project, reveal the extent of China’s ambition to assist East Timor in building critical infrastructure on the nation’s south coast.
So, as Hong Kong freedom is extinguished under a Communist Party jackboot, and the Australian Government spends billions pushing the BRI out of the Pacific, Labor state government welcome the dodgy dough with open arms.
Labor has also allowed itself to be outflanked on mass immigration, the key source of Chinese influence, giving the ScoMo Government a near free ride on pretend cuts.
Australians are a lazy, conformist and pragmatic people. There’ll be no revolution against any of these single issues. But all of these little China compromises add up to a very big brand problem for the ALP.
As Cold War 2.0 deteriorates, the ALP is being positioned as practically, politically and philosophically unelectable at any level.
Think of Robert Menzies, fellows.