While the people in our Parliament line up to talk about how great a friend we are to China. It's reported that Chinese hackers are infiltrating out Parliament's computer network.
We know they donate money and set up lobbyists to try and influence our politics.
Now we’ve heard that the Chinese Government has tried to infiltrate Parliament by perverting the major parties' preselection processes to put in candidates who are friendly to the Chinese Government's interests.
If that happened, Communist Party agents would be privy to internal conversations about policy priorities and the agendas of the major parties. It also would give them a chance to look for weaknesses, to hear the gossip that goes around this place, and potentially use that to influence or even blackmail people.
There are no security checks, and there’s little to stop it from happening -- it’s shocking. We’re sitting ducks.
The experts are worried. Duncan Lewis, formerly the Director-General of Security at ASIO, has said that the Chinese government is trying to ‘take over’ Australia’s political system through its ‘insidious’ foreign interference operations. He said it could take decades before we know the effects of their efforts.
The sad fact is, there are basically no protections from stopping this happening at a federal level. That needs to change right now.
I’ve had Chinese Australians come up to me and tell me how shocked they are at what China’s been attempting to do – to our universities, to our Parliament, to our media and to our political parties. They’re against what the Chinese Government’s been attempting to do to our democracy. I stand with them. Are you with me too?
Gambling money trumps national security
The Government got caught out last year for letting Chinese high rollers into the country with weak security checks. Until 2016, Australian Consulate staff fast-tracked visa applications from wealthy clients visiting Crown casino. Law enforcement have turned a blind eye to allegations that the casino was facilitating money laundering and organised crime for years. Who knows what’s going on now?
Chinese tech firms are lobbying the PM
The Government is so concerned about Chinese spying that they’ve blocked companies like Huawei from providing a 5G network in Australia. That’s a start, but the UK is already giving ground on a similar ban, and we know that lobbyists in Canberra are looking to weaken the restrictions. We need to put pressure on the Government to make sure our security is protected.
We’re flogging off our land and ports
Did you know that over 25 percent of Tasmania’s agricultural land is foreign owned? Our fisheries and farms are being bought up. Prime agricultural land is being bought up. Across Australia, we’ve sold off everything from our ports to our infrastructure. We’re so economically dependent on China, the major parties have turned a blind eye. The tiny steps that we’ve taken don’t nearly match the scale of the problem.