The Conservatives Party has been highly critical of Chinese influence in Australia and in our region and says the Federal Government needs to toughen up on the China-Australia relationship.
A recent investigation by the ABC and Fairfax Media exposed “how China’s Communist Party is secretly infiltrating Australia”.The program traced the stories of various individuals and their ties to China and concluded that Australians must all be more careful of “covert Chinese actions taking place on Australian soil.”
A New South Wales state Liberal MP is embroiled in controversy for offering favours to a Chinese investor.
Former New South Wales Labor MP Sam Dastyari lost his Senate seat over the issue, and legislation directed at foreign influence was rushed through the Senate before the winter break. The haste came after intelligence officials gave secret briefings to the major parties about concerns over foreign influence - briefings not offered to the Conservative Party, despite Cory Bernardi expressing interest in receiving one.
In December, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cited “disturbing reports about Chinese influence” in introducing the legislation that would ban foreign political donations saying foreign powers were making “unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process.”
Experienced lawyer and the Conservative Party's NSW Senate candidate Sophie York says there is deep concern about Chinese influence over Australia's economy, in our political affairs and our educational system.
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