For Turnbull, Dutton et al to pretend they are looking after Australia’s interests when they castigate China for interfering with Australia’s internal politics is astounding. More insidious damage was done when Howard starved universities of funds, ensuring they needed to attract full-fee paying students from overseas just to survive.
Many thousands have come from China, all having access to the full gamut of Australia’s internal affairs; how to affect voting, how to organise business dealings, who to speak to (on both side of politics), research facilities, defence rules, taxation and welfare rules, cultural and social attitudes etc. If any would use this information to Australia’s disadvantage cannot be quantified.
And did the government put a stop to the Chinese owning for 99 years the Darwin port, right next to our defence facilities? That surely has far more dangerous possibilities for Australia’s interests than a one-off payment of a legal bill. And how many Chinese businessman have attended fundraising dinners for the Coalition over the past two decades?
Yes, it was stupid of Dastyari to accept payment from a Chinese businessman and he is rightly being punished for the mistake.
As for overseas interference with Australia’s internal affairs, there is nothing more potent than the American businessman who owns News Corp. During the last few elections he has spent millions of in kind dollars promoting the lies of the Coalition (‘We will not cut funds to the ABC, Education and Health’) as well as constantly pushing their propaganda and crucifying Rudd and Gillard when they were in government. The man even boasts about who he gets elected in USA, UK and here. This is very much political interference.
So please, Nationals and Liberals, own up to the lies you continue to tell. This China business is just another chance to bash the ALP and indeed anyone who opposes your big-business concentrated and economically disastrous government. It is your own survival in which you are interested.