Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says Australians should be very concerned about the creeping influence China is exerting on our political system.
Senator Bernardi’s comments come in the wake of West Australian Federal Liberal MP Andrew Hastie's use of parliamentary privilege to allege a Chinese-Australian real estate developer co-conspired to bribe a United Nations official in 2013 with a $200,000 payment.
Mr Hastie, who chairs Parliament's joint committee on intelligence and security, also used his speech to claim the Chinese Communist Party is working covertly to interfere with Australia's media, universities and political processes.
Senator Bernardi has told Triple M, the news is worrying and we need to do something to push back against Chinese influence here.
Picture: Courtesy The Australian - Andrew Hastie
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