Why Labor can’t be trusted on China

I’m afraid it is an epochal stain that will keep it from power for decades. Labor cannot be trusted with China. Kevin Rudd is the exemplar:

Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has accused Scott Morrison of exposing primary producers to extra risk by taking the lead against China on a coronavirus inquiry while Beijing was already under pressure to boost its purchase of agricultural commodities from the United States.

Last week, Mr Morrison flatly rejected suggestions there might be a link between China increasing imports of US barley at the same time it was about to impose crippling tariffs on the Australian product.

The tariff is a great outcome. The barley will be shipped, just somewhere else. Trade diversification is the result.

This is symptomatic of the deep China malaise within Labor. Rudd is now the head of the global Asia Society. He’s never going to cross China in that role. Sure, he’ll tut, tut about it being an autocracy now and then. But he’ll never call it out on matters of substance. We saw this during the Hong Kong riots, which Rudd never made mention of the fight for democracy despite its dominating the global press.

On the weekend, Peter Hartcher dressed down the Murdoch Press for suggesting that Labor is biased:

But what about the chorus of complaints about the government’s position? Some business leaders and state governments have demanded that Australia solve the problem through diplomacy, use some “pragmatism”, to protect the trading relationship.

And, of course, when a business person calls for “pragmatism”, the word used this week by Elders chief executive Mark Allison, he is calling for the abandonment of principle.

…Morrison is able to draw strength from three other vital sources. One is the Labor opposition. Anthony Albanese and his leadership group support the government position. Some dishonest media efforts in the past few days have tried to portray Albanese as somehow “soft on China”. To get to this position, they’ve had to conduct some strange contortions.

Albanese’s position, as he told the ABC’s Leigh Sales on Thursday: “Australia is quite right to say that, just as if we have a death in this country that is unexplained we have a coronial inquiry, here we have 300,000 deaths. There is nothing remarkable about saying, ‘Well, we need to know what the cause of that is.’ Not as an academic exercise but so that we can ensure it never happens again.”

Therein lies the rub. Albo supported the inquiry. But he didn’t support the Government as China issued tariffs in response. And notice that the major political leader objections came from Labor states.

The problem is not Albo necessarily. It is Labor. It has a deep culture of engagement with China. Anyone who has visited Shanghai and “M on the Bund” can see the procession of Labor MPs in residence.

The corruption scandals are another example. Sure, the money permeated both parties, but Labor’s policy insouciance was extreme.

It began with Gough Whitlam of course. It was he that led international engagement with Chinese opening up. A fact that Labor is fiercely proud and protective of.  It then flowed into generations of “Asian engagement” policy and rhetoric, into which I was indoctrinated.

This culminated in other organisational defining principles surrounding Paul Keating and his Cabinet, many of whom today hold Chinese-reliant career positions.

Then there is the fake left sympatico between the two parties. In the globalism that permeates the CCP and ALP, globalised socialism is the key ideology and the battle against racism the key value judgement.

This is why, today, Labor apparatchiks are still free to make ludicrous statements about China and the CCP. Labor premiers are client states, see 6.30:

Victoria was, if anything, worse.

Labor legends are apologists:

And some are downright barmy:

The Murdoch Press can report this stuff but it doesn’t make it up.

There are good people in Labor on China. Though I can count them on one hand, there are sure to be more.

And Labor’s history with China is admirable. It is something to be proud of.

But that’s the problem. CCP China turned out to be something other than the liberalised power that Gough Whitlam and we all hoped for. It turned out to be evil.

Now Labor’s corporate memory can’t extricate itself from this simple and obvious fact.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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Comments

  1. DingwallMEMBER

    I bet KRudd sees himself as the great China/Australia relationship saviour……………….a self-titled Messiah if you like

    • I was agnostic on KRudd’s ability when he was elected, however I heard him interviewed on radio about a year ago and he came across as a bitter, narcissistic, smug know-all. I know he always had a flavour of that, but this was off the scale. Everything he said had the thinly-veiled tone of “how clever am I” with an undercurrent of seething due to the world not recognising his awesome intellect. His psyche has clearly been damaged by the events of his political life and he came across as a sad, desperate, pathetic character, who is probably in a dark place. A shame really, because I’m sure he could have something to offer.

  2. The position of Imperial Satrap has always been an invidious one. Publicly embarrassing a major power will always bring blowback. I hope they did a risk/reward study before they started on this path.

  3. DominicMEMBER

    Check out those high red walls — they keep the elites sufficiently distanced from the thousands of plebs milling around below.

    Know your place, peasant! I couldn’t live in an environment like they do – no wonder they all want to get out.

  4. Yet last November, Rudd commanded an Australian population of 50 million, to “protect us” from the “Chinese threats”. Perhaps his addiction to Big Australia is even crazier than his adoration for China.

    The “Planning” Institute of Australia also demands the 50 million. Something about, politics and bedfellows.

      • Sure, that’s a good way to put it. And to think that people worry, about becoming the “51st state”.

    • Fascist China

      We already have a 1+ million CCP Chinese trojan horse in this country. We saw what happened last year when pro-democracy sympathisers had the temerity to publicly support democratic values — Chinese students used violence and intimidation to crush the pro-democracy demonstrations in universities and in public.

  5. Fascist China

    Rudd would be out there demanding we keep sending wheat to Mussolini so he can keep the macaroni factories running, demanding we keep sending pig iron to Germany and Japan. Who are we to judge he would say. It’s the Italian, German and Japanese century.

    • PolarBearMEMBER

      They could be better long-term for your house prices than LNP. Do you really hate all commies? Even hot ones in uniforms?

  6. Luca BiasonMEMBER

    The problem with Kim Carr is that he is too morally corrupt to admit he cocked up: he is the one who helped foster close ties between the two countries re scientific research, hence furthering China’s aims under the Military Civil Fusion programme and AI Development Plan

    August 2011: Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, visited China accompanied by newly-appointed Secretary Dr Don Russell and Deputy Secretary Ms Patricia Kelly to meet key Chinese partners in science and research collaboration. Minister Carr also addressed the opening of the 8th Australia-China Joint Science and Technology Commission (JSTC) meeting in Shanghai and signed the MOU on the Management of the Australia-China Science and Research Fund with Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Dr Wan Gang.

    March 2011: His Excellency Dr Wan Gang, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, visited Australia as a Guest of Government for meetings with the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr and the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson. His program also included meetings and MOU signings with state governments in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, visits to research institutions and engagements with industry.

    November 2010: The President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Lu Yongxiang, visited Australia to attend the Australia-China Food Security Symposium in South Australia and to meet leaders of Australia’s science sector in several cities. Australia’s Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, hosted a dinner for Professor Lu in Canberra.

    Australia-China Science and Research Fund

    Following the announcement of the new Australia-China Science and Research Fund in April 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed and joint operational guidelines for the new fund have been agreed between the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.

    Now that the bilateral arrangements are in place, the Australia-China Science and Research Fund will become operational in Australia once the Australian program guidelines have been approved and the grants management system has been established.

    and

    https://www.atse.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/intl-no2-australia-china-brighter-future.pdf

    Instead of attacking ASPI and people with profound knowledge of these matters and national security at heart, he could redirect that energy to take a long hard look at himself, and shut the **** up for good.

    • The CCP United Front has been corrupting and infiltrating Labor for a long long time.
      All those long Sussex St China town lunches…. Guess who was there….