Hastie outlines his China pushback plan

Andrew Hastie at Domain defines his pushback plan against Chinese Communist Party encroachments::

…First, we need to recognise, understand, and articulate the challenge facing the West.

…Second, we must enlist the full weight of democratic institutions in this effort, including the giving of major speeches, initiating parliamentary inquiries and passing legislative measures, and educating the public.

…Third, democratic leaders must develop a strategy and define victory…Values must be articulated. Core interests must be defined. Sovereignty, where compromised, must be recovered and protected.

…Fourth, democracies should develop and establish expertise in hybrid and political warfare.

…Fifth, we must build an array of political warfare instruments. This would include cyber, diplomatic, information, and media capabilities.

…Sixth, we should use economic measures to counter authoritarian economic coercion…

Finally, democracies need to prepare for the long haul – and to pay a price. Countering and defeating authoritarian political warfare is likely to require sustained effort and spending over several decades.

Our progress report:

  • first, we have made good progress but the presense of Gladys Liu in the Government is a major roadblock;
  • second, we’ve done bugger all. Indeed, we’re so cowed by Chinese threats that the default position is kow tow and not discuss anything;
  • third, we’ve made some progress with FIRB stiffened and taskforces underway belatedly;
  • fourth, we’re  a long way behind;
  • fifth, not too bad;
  • sixth, absolutely nowhere;
  • seventh, a very minimal start only.

Yet to be discussed with any kind of vigour is:

  • cutting immigration;
  • cutting foreign students and funding universities properly;
  • increased defense spending;
  • going nuclear;
  • economic diversification.

Basically the stuff that matters. All we have done so far is apply the anti-terrorism model to CCP influence. That may not even work.

There is much to be done. Hastie should get more specific. Until someone in power triggers these debates they will not be had.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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      • John Howards Bowling Coach

        If you have Netflix watch the 3 part series on Bill Gates. It’s a fascination view, with his current investment into the development of a new generation power reactor a real game changer. Ironically it’s now stalled as China was to be a development partner with the USA and that is now off the table. The reactor runs for 10 years on a recharge and essentially is fuelled by what is currently considered waste.
        Australia needs to get on board, it would render the coal plants completely obsolete in a short time. I’f we’re serious about climate change it is one of the pieces to the future power generation grid we should not ignore.

    • Both but the former to support the latter. The North Koreans have proven the value of having nuclear missiles. What we don’t have is a critical next door neighbour like Japan or South Korea. The Kiwis will have to do, we don’t have the guts to provoke the Indonesians.

    • Somebody the CCP will soon blackmail or pay to shut up!
      If that doesn’t work, perhaps he’ll meet with an unfortunate accident over the holidays?

    • I like him. Not that I know anything of the man or his politics beyond his stance on China , but that’s enough for me.

      Halting China will require halting Chines mass immigration = win / win. That solves so many problems right there. Everything from sovereignty to water security to house prices.

      • There are around 1.4 million mainland Chinese already resident in Australia – it is too late. We’ve been owned.

        • John Howards Bowling Coach

          A vast number of the resident Mainland born Chinese in Australia are non citizens and very easy to remove as well as confiscating their local assets. Many are not willing to become citizens as they have a paranoid belief they might be forced into the military to fight for Australia. Being they come from a military state you can understand that up to a point BUT it does highlight that fact they have no loyalty to Australia despite the massively increased quality of life they enjoy here. I’ve personally had the conversation with many Chinese I know here, both male and female who have mentioned military service as a reason they retail their Chinese passport…

      • Hastie’s background is hard right religious.

        Ironically, this group in USA and other places are the keenest to get into bed with Russia, Israel, etc.

  1. I suggest Hastie begin by closing the ‘money laundering’ loopholes that allow the Chinese (and others) to sail shipping container sized ships of money to our cities and regions ;effectively selling much of this country away forever.

    Unless ‘this’ is addressed first, Hastie is just talking incoherent trash and enabling the CCP to do precisely what ‘they’ want and have done for decades.

  2. H&H forgot the eighth point – accept their corrupt funds if deployed into our most valued asset.

  3. Luca BiasonMEMBER

    Just imagine for a second what our PM would had said all along, had Gladys Liu been a Labor MP…

  4. Presumably Hastie sees himself as a Churchill of our times.
    Like Churchill, I suspect there’s very little of Hastie’s opinions that I’d agree with. But like Churchill he will come to be seen as having been “right all along” on China and it could prove a very potent platform for his ambition.

  5. John Howards Bowling Coach

    I am not so keen on Hastie coming from the religious family background but having a true hard man in parliament is a good balance. Those who doubt him should have a real look at what it takes to not only become an SAS trooper, but a Captain. I doubt many others in parliament would have the internal drive and focus to get through phase 1 of the training, certainly not to lead men in the type of active service Hastie has done. I take my hat off to him, the SAS are a truly elite force.