Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has rushed to defend West Australian Federal Liberal MP Andrew Hastie after he used 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.
The ABC reports following attacks on Mr Hastie from Labor, the nation's spy chief says there has been no impact on relationships with intelligence partners, including the American FBI, after the allegations were made.
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 Andrew Bolt on Sky News he thinks Andrew Hastie did the right thing in using the protection of parliamentary privilege to expose what he believed was in the public interest.
Picture: West Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie
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