Possum pansies stoke Labor’s China problem

China has its “wolf warriors” and we have our “possum pansies”. This is the last thing that Labor needs to hear, at The Australian:

…Labor’s shadow cabinet has been told a parliamentary anti-Chinese influence group called The Wolverines, which includes Victorian ALP right-wing senator Kimberley Kitching, was “destructive” to Australia-China relations.

On Monday, Allan Gyngell, former head of the Office of Nat­ional Assessments, foreign policy adviser to Paul Keating, hon­orary professor at the ANU and a board director of the China Matters institute, briefed the Labor frontbench on the need for “sensible engagement” with China.

Professor Gyngell also told a virtual meeting of the shadow cabinet that The Wolverines group was “immature, juvenile and destructive”.

Dennis Richardson, a former ambassador to Washington and head of ASIO, Defence and Foreign Affairs, addressed the ALP legal and foreign affairs caucus on Australia-China relations.

Mr Richardson, who advocates firm Australian stances on China, said in a Zoom meeting that The Wolverines ginger group of MPs and senators — including Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, who is chair of the intelligence and security committee — “adds no value” to the Australia-China debate.

Classic possum pansyism. “No value” except that without them we would have seen no change in the normatives that govern the Australian elite’s engagement with China. I find it hard to think of a greater contribution that they could make than that.

Australia needs to push China. We’ve gone down the road of kowtowing and repeating the CCP lines about a liberalised economy, peaceful rise, people-to-people links, rules-based order, Thucydides trap and all of the other possum pansy guff.

What we found at the end of it was a more totalitarian China not less, a violator of international norms, a territorial aggressor and, most troublingly, a deeply hostile wielder of democracy-corrupting sharp power.

We can pretend that these things do not enable the tyranny to distort and undermine our freedoms and go back to doing business as usual. Which without a doubt will advance it.

Or we can keep pushing back now, while there is no larger kinetic conflict and the alliance network still holds ballast, to find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Given the survival of our very system of government and way of life could be at stake, blindly betting on a benevolent China is no longer an option. We need to know what we’re dealing with while we can still muster resistance to it if needs be, and the Wolverines are doing a great job of doing so.

One of the issues being exposed is just how deeply the ALP and certain arms of government are compromised:

Push ’em even harder!

David Llewellyn-Smith


  1. Well spoken DLS. There are too many Chamberlain-type appeasers in the ALP.
    Unfortunately it always takes hardhead realists from the conservative/right of politics to manage these existential issues.

        • Narapoia451MEMBER

          Does no one on this board understand what a tu quoque logical fallacy is?
          Even if I was a Greens supporter and even if your point was accurate, it still fails to refute anything that I said. It’s the definition of illogical. It’s possible for both the Greens and the right wing parties to be wrong. Pointing out the deficiency of the ‘other side’ stops no one from actually being wrong.

    • Narapoia451MEMBER

      Though it would be great if all the Republican voting industrialists that shipped their manufacturing capacity to China and facilitated its rise were to clean up their own mess, for a change.

    • McPaddyMEMBER

      They might have to manage their own right wing colleagues who’ve been only too pleased to import a 5th column into Australia, take “glorious” bribes and sinecures and indeed install a CCP operative in Federal Parliament, all in the name of higher house prices and Dumbstralia lazy-faire development…

  2. I’m beginning to sense that the average punter is much more anti-CCP than the ALP representatives. It doesn’t bode well for their future. I can only see a bigger division with the same CCP behavior.

  3. Is it possible that you’re just finding yourself on the wrong side of an inevitable change?
    You post daily about how thoroughly corrupted our western institutions are, it’s not just the politicians, it’s the bankers, it’s our industrialists, our resources sector, our housing sector the whole bl00dy lot of them are a worthless bunch of paper pushing w bankers. Yet today we learn that the very existence of our esteemed institutions is threatened by this damn upstart, an insolent little bugger that could put an end to our very existence. All has me wondering what difference it makes who rules.
    As they say in the Alaskan dog teams:
    If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.

    • People disappear in China regularly….the normal person lives always ‘with a hammer over their heads’……quote from chinese person when I was in China.
      Last time I looked no-one in Aus lives this way.

      • Personally I find it unusual that any individual really controls their destiny, some of us are simply batter at managing the S4it the life throws at us. As a consequence I pride myself on my ability to quickly adapt to change. I’d even go as far as to say that it is this ability to adapt that keeps the hammer in my hand rather then being above my head. Some might say that the hammer belongs in the tool box, but to be honest no tool is of much use if it is permanently locked in a box.

  4. working class hamMEMBER

    Records should start being kept of statements pushing the CCP agenda. People will be falling on the wrong side of history once all the dirty laundry/payslips are aired. Sadly the choices are limited in our political sphere to an Aust based criminal organisation or an Aust based criminal organisation employed by the CCP.

  5. Chris Bowen said in an interview that, there was nothing wrong with the preselection and branch membership in NSW labor. The basis of his claims was that there is no ‘evidence of failure’ of the party. Or words to that effect.

    That the ALP does NOT represent members, voters or Australian citizens is not seen by the honourable member as a failure of the ALP.

    What then is the purpose of the ALP ?

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