MAKE No Mistake … this is an offensive report …

Many Australians are vexed … annoyed,  and offended by the disrespect and hatred for our Community, Our Society … and are outraged by the dirty BLACK MONEY awash in our domestic housing market … that has been allowed by the Scomo Government …

Australians have been shocked and dismayed by the hateful and politically damaging flyers circulated by the Chinese CDP across Sydney including Bennelong and Hurstville.  

 We are not aware of any prior migrant group conducting such an attack on our Democracy!  Why is this being ignored?

Chinese-Australians have had a gutful of politicians’ tokenism





LO: When I got word about Bill Shorten’s first live appearance on Chinese social media platform WeChat, I knew the Australian Labor Party was in damage control. To strengthen his appeal, Shorten rolled out Jennifer Yang, Labor’s federal candidate for Chisholm (who is of Taiwanese-Australian heritage) and attacked the Coalition government’s attempts to water down Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and the emergence of hate speech, and professed the need to preference One Nation last and his commitment to a multicultural Australia.

CAAN:  Is the writer indicating a bias against the Taiwanese?  Australians have been shocked and dismayed by the hateful and politically damaging flyers circulated by the Chinese CDP across Sydney including Bennelong and Hurstville.  

We are not aware of any prior migrant group conducting such an attack on our Democracy!  Why is this being ignored?


This is but one example!

Is Australia still a Democracy?  Pull the ‘Racist Card’!



Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor candidate for Chisholm Jennifer Yang on Wednesday.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor candidate for Chisholm Jennifer Yang on Wednesday. CREDIT:AAP


LO:  Make no mistake about it, the remarks of NSW Labor’s now former leader, Michael Daley, about  “Asians with PhDs taking young people’s jobs” were offensive. And, yes, they did ruffle feathers in Chinese-Australian and Asian-Australian communities. But it is simplistic and naive to suggest those comments were the deciding factor for these voters to turn their backs on Labor in the state election.

CAAN:  Mr Daley perhaps did not express himself as well as he could, but what he said happens to be TRUE!


Your Gate pass to Permanent Residency in Australia

Midway through last year 2018 there were 2.2 MILLION TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS in Australia

-of which 1.6 MILLION are Visa Workers

-Shadow Employment Minister Brendan O’Connor discussed this in an interview with Hamish Macdonald

-the high influx of foreign workers has contributed to the lowest wages growth since WW2


-loss of jobs for Australian workers having to compete with 1.6 Million Visa workers


LO:  When it comes to engaging multicultural voters, Shorten has made the same mistake that most of our politicians make – seizing on multiculturalism and migration as if these are the only issues we “ethnics” and “migrants” care about. Shorten’s WeChat moment is political tokenism at best, a horrible insult to Chinese-Australian voters at worst.

It demonstrates the “us and them” mentality is alive and well in Australian politics.


It shouldn’t be a surprise when I say Chinese-Australian voters are just like other Australian voters. We are interested in policies that affect our everyday lives, how our MPs present themselves and the election promises they bring to the table.


An exclusive poll conducted by media agencies Anomaly and Identity Communications on Chinese-Australian votes during the 2016 federal election found the top issues of concern were the economy, health and tax.

CAAN:  Why does Lo distinguish his people as ‘Chinese-Australians’, and not as Australians?  Australians do not describe themselves as anything other than Australians. Do we hear of Japanese-Australians, Welsh-Australians, French-Australians, German-Australians, New Zealand-Australians, Canadian-Australians?

Is it true that the top issues of concern for Chinese are the economy, health and tax? Is that because unlike prior migrant intakes they have enjoyed the opportunity to invest in Australian Real Estate and gain Permanent Residency?  To gain the benefit of Medicare, and minimise tax through business?

LO:  Labor’s proposal to end negative gearing on existing homes and cut capital gains tax concessions were unpopular, which would have had a hand in Labor losing the multicultural seat of Chisholm in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, the only seat Malcolm Turnbull’s team managed to snatch off Labor. 


CAAN:  More misinformation from Lo … Fact:  Investors with Established Homes will have their investments Grandfathered.  The Labor Policy is about encouraging investment in ‘new homes’.

LO: In the NSW election, Daley’s damaging comments aside, the fact is the Coalition government ran a more effective campaign, led by its $90 billion infrastructure program, including roads, rail, hospitals and schools.

CAAN:  The Berejiklian Government sadly was returned despite the destruction of Our Communities, Society, Heritage, Neighbourhoods, Bushlands, and Farmlands …

with OVERDEVELOPMENT … our local roads are choked, trains and buses are full-up, little children crammed into demountable classrooms with no air-conditioning, and these demountable buildings are covering where once there were playgrounds … a consequence of the population explosion!

LO:  Likewise, in my home state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews’ Labor government invested heavily in big-ticket items in education, health, roads and public transport, including an airport rail. Andrews didn’t merely retain government but increased Labor’s majority by winning a number of seats in Melbourne’s east – traditional Liberal heartland with a large Chinese-Australian population.

CAAN:   Under decades of neglect by a dogma-driven LNP Victorians were sick and tired of having no progress when it came to schools, hospitals and transport.  What Andrews is doing is rectifying what had been neglected for decades!

LO:  The Liberals not only out-campaigned Labor in NSW; they  had more candidates of Chinese heritage. There was tokenism in this, too. Most were relegated to marginal and non-winnable seats. But the Liberals used Scott Yung to full effect in  Kogarah, where he achieved an 8 per cent swing. It was not enough to oust Labor’s Chris Minns – a strong contender to replace Daley as opposition leader – but Yung is now in the running to take federal Liberal preselection in Reid.

CAAN: Scott Yung sought promotion through China’s state-run CCTV4, and by posting endorsements from big-name Chinese celebrities.  The CCTV story concluded seeking more opportunities for Chinese-Australians in Australian politics.

The story was promoted on *WeChat again including Chinese celebrities endorsing Yung, President of the Liberal Party Chinese Youth Council. 

Does it not seem that through an enormous state-run Chinese TV audience and WeChat that this is contrary to our Australian democracy?

Lo, who are you talking about?  A western democracy put under the microscope by an autocracy.  This is B.S.  …. looks like you have lost the plot, afterall is this Australia and Australians justifying themselves to the preferences of, or the prejudices of an autocratic state?   


LO:  I’ve been told by Chinese-Australian Sydneysiders that the state Liberals held regular business and community forums at the grassroots level, connecting with Chinese-Australian voters, while Labor was nowhere to be seen.

Dumped Labor upper house MP Ernest Wong.
Dumped Labor upper house MP Ernest Wong. CREDIT:AAP


CAAN:   Are we talking about Australian-Chinese here? 


LO:  Labor dropped the prominent Chinese-Australian Upper House MP Ernest Wong and replaced him with a union official. That left the Chinese-Australian community with no representation in NSW Labor. If our community matters to state Labor, why not replace Wong with a prominent Chinese-Australian?


CAAN:  In reply to Mr Lo it would seem the following explains why Ernest Wong was dropped … upon reviewing our Website, there is a “deep and real concern” inside ASIO about the Chinese Communist Party’s secret interference to influence operations in Australia.

Four Corners:  Asio Investigation targets Communist Party links to Australian political system

Mr Wong’s fundraising and Chinese community leadership also brought him in the orbit of organisations controlled by the secretive lobbying arm of the Chinese Communist Party, the United Front Work Department (UFWD).

LO:  Chinese-Australians have had enough of the political tokenism displayed by all sides of politics.

We are not political cannon fodder and we no longer want to serve as cash cows and walking ATMs at fundraising dinners. We’re tired of having candidates in non-winnable seats. We want to be recognised for our commitment to Australian democracy.

CAAN:  Does Mr Lo and his Cohorts see themselves as special?  Why does this community engage in fundraising dinners if not …. ?

Scomo Lost his Appetite for Chinese Fundraising Dinner


LO:  My advice to Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison to take a step away from WeChat and show some genuine interest in our community’s concerns.

Jieh-Yung Lo is a Chinese-Australian writer and commentator.








WHAT $upport are they getting from the Scomo Government to keep their properties at Bay?  Safe from the foreign clutches?

One of the worst droughts in living memory has been captured in a series of images that will stop you in your tracks.

Epping Farm near Pilliga, NSW, November 2018. Picture: Adam Ferguson
Epping Farm near Pilliga, NSW, November 2018. Picture: Adam Ferguson


Jan and Jack Slack-Smith’s 3300ha property in the Pilliga, northern NSW, has been gripped by drought for years now.

They divested nearly all their cattle in 2013 and have halved their sheep numbers to 3200 to relieve some of the pressure. Here, the hungry sheep are tucking into feed that’s been bought in — at considerable expense — and poured onto long mats.

Jack Slack-Smith. Picture: Adam Ferguson
Jack Slack-Smith. Picture: Adam Ferguson


“We’re always hoping,” says Jack Slack-Smith, a fifth-generation farmer on this land. “We tune in to the weather forecast first thing in the morning, a couple of times during the day, and last thing at night.”

When photographer Adam Ferguson visited late last year, the 65-year-old described it as the most severe drought of his lifetime. Since then, he says, “things have gone from bad to worse. We’ve had only 11.5mm of rain all year.”

Playtime in the Pilliga. Picture: Adam Ferguson
Playtime in the Pilliga. Picture: Adam Ferguson


Kids from local farming families play at the annual Christmas get-together in Come By Chance, a small community in the Pilliga region of NSW.

Looking for shade. Picture: Christian Fletcher
Looking for shade. Picture: Christian Fletcher


The mercury was nudging 48ºC near Renmark, South Australia, in mid-January when photographer Christian Fletcher spotted this mob of emus heading for the only bit of shade in an enormous paddock. “I was worried that the drone might spook them but they weren’t fazed by it at all,” he says. “I think they were so bloody hot, they didn’t give a damn.”

Dogga Dare, White Cliffs, NSW. Picture: Adam Ferguson
Dogga Dare, White Cliffs, NSW. Picture: Adam Ferguson


“Only the goats are thriving,” says Dogga Dare, a Queenslander who last year managed the pub (and stood in as Santa at Christmas) in White Cliffs, NSW. He saw starving ’roos roaming through town, trees dying en masse, local farmers spending all their money on trucking in feed. “You couldn’t meet nicer people,” Dare says, “but jeez they’re doing it tough.”

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize exhibition opens at Sydney’s Juniper Hall, Paddington on May 4.






Chinese Weibo and Wechat influencers to showcase Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Iconic Sydney and the Blue Mountains will be showcased to China travellers when a group of seven social influencers visit the region this week.

19 December 2016

The visit by China’s leading digital influencers has been secured through a partnership with Destination NSW, BridgeClimb Sydney, Scenic World Blue Mountains, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Westfield Sydney, Fantasea Cruises and accommodation partners; Holiday Inn Darling Harbour and Holiday Inn Potts Point.

The influencers’ visit will be the first of three familiarisation trips to occur from December 2016 to June 2017. More than 24 influencers will visit Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said, “We are delighted to be providing some of China’s most famous travel bloggers with the opportunity to experience iconic Sydney and see the beautiful Blue Mountains.”

“As the group travels around Sydney, every moment of their visit will be shared on their Wechat and Weibo accounts which collectively have a daily visitor number of more than 14 million views,” Ms Chipchase said.

BridgeClimb CEO Todd Coates said, “Key Influencers play a significant role in educating and inspiring Chinese travellers on which destinations to visit and what they should do when they get there. “Showcasing BridgeClimb’s Mandarin tour via key opinion leaders’ authentic experiences is a key element of our China strategy.”

In the year ended June 2016, 638,800 overnight visitors from Mainland China stayed 16.5 million nights in NSW. The four most popular activities of Chinese visitors were eating out (88% of visitors), shopping (87%), visiting NSW beaches (83%) and sightseeing (75%).

The media familiarisation tour will showcase these activities. The influencers will enjoy fine dining at Aria Sydney and take a Fantasea Harbour cruise, participate in a Mandarin language tour of the Sydney Opera House, meet Australian marsupials at Taronga Zoo, have a personal shopping experience at Westfield Sydney and experience a spectacular sunset BridgeClimb.

In the Blue Mountains, the group will visit Leura and Katoomba, see the world-famous Three Sisters, and visit Scenic World to ride glass-floored cable cars 270m above the Jamison Valley before boarding the world’s steepest incline railway to explore the Jurassic rainforest below.

The blogger familiarisation will take place from 18 to 22 December 2017, and include four nights in Sydney with a day trip to the Blue Mountains

For more information on things to see and do in Sydney visit, and in Regional NSW, go to:

Statistics on Chinese visitation can be found on here 

Download a PDF version of this media release (PDF 317kb)



ONLY days away from electing the first Council for the newly formed Georges River Council, five candidates from across-party lines from the council’s Hurstville ward united to speak out at a media conference against fellow candidate Nancy Liu … among them Christina Wu, Stanley Xie and Ben Wang spoke to Fairfax …


*Xie said that “Chinese people only vote for faces they know.” 


THIS comment rings alarm bellsWHY isn’t all political campaigning on WeChat and like media outlets blocked from the announcement date of the impending Federal Election until close of voting?
WHY can the State Executive of the Liberal Party grant dispensation for a party member to run as an independent?



RELATED ARTICLE:  Scomo lost his Appetite for Chinese Fundraising Dinner

December 2018

The organisers Liberal Party member Benjamin Jiang and his wife Nancy Liu “Independent Georges River Councillor” yet remains a member of the Liberal Party were charging between $1700 and $2400 per table and $988 per seat at the VIP table!


  • Candidate Nancy Liu (George Rivers Council Election)
  • (By SBS Mandarin)
  • Candidate Nancy Liu (George Rivers Council Election)
  • (By SBS Mandarin
*The impending local election at a newly formed council in South Sydney is reaching fever pitch, after a Chinese Australian candidate from a ward with the largest Chinese population in Australia, was accused by a group of opponents of an alleged series of misconduct, including an attempt to induce voters by offering sushi vouchers.
*There are also allegations of an attack on fellow candidate.


Heidi Han
5 SEP 2017 – 12:47 PM  UPDATED 6 SEP 2017 – 3:57 PM


Only days away from electing the first Council for the newly formed Georges River Council, five candidates from across-party lines from the council’s Hurstville ward, joined together to speak out at a media conference against fellow candidate Nancy Liu.

The group said in the conference that the local election has got “quite dirty” that they “had never had this in the past,” involving unauthorized flyers, lies and threats of violence and attempted bribery.

The group, including Liberal’s first candidate Christina Wu, independent candidates Stanley Xie and Ben Wang and Labor candidates Dominic Sin and former Lord Mayor Vince Badalati.

Together, the team accused former Unity Party-turned-Liberal Deputy Mayor of Hurstville Nancy Liu who is now a lead candidate of an Independent Team, of being “the only candidate who is causing a lot of problems,” while others play by the rules.

*The rare united front of candidates from the ward with the most candidates with Chinese-Australian background, comes after screenshots of a message sent by Liu’s husband’s employee went viral among community members on Chinese social media platform WeChat.

“Those voting for Group G (Liu’s Independent Team) can come see me to get cash discount vouchers for Hurstville’s most authentic Japanese cuisine.”

The now-removed message, shown here in a screenshot acquired by SBS Mandarin was posted on 25th August by “Vivienne – Goodtime Travel”  along with photos of meals, layers of $10 vouchers for a local Japanese restaurant, and ‘How to Vote for Group G’ voting instructions.

nancy liu

Fairfax Media reports that the author of the WeChat post, Vivienne Chen, who works for Good Time Travel Services, a business owned by Liu’s husband, told them that the post was addressed to “friends who had voted for Group G,” only to be seen by her private social network. It would also have been shared though by business contacts who would have received it under her work title.

In a statement to the Electoral Commission provided to Fairfax Media, Ms Chen said that she had been regularly posting about the specials at Rokko restaurant, including an August 24 message that read: “My fellow friends are almost moved to tears (by the fabulous promotion).”

Liu has defended her actions in a statement, translated by SBS Mandarin. It read that Ms Chen had “linked her personal support to an existing lunch promotional voucher that have been issued publicly,” but that the promotion and the restaurant was “not in any way related to my campaign.”

It is also reported that Electoral Commission“does not comment on whether it is or is not conducting an investigation.”

Independent candidate from the same ward, Mr Stanley Xie, had also publicly requested Liu to respond to his questions regarding to other issues including Liu’s party membership status,  and an alleged life-threatening incident between Liu’s husband and another local candidate, Christina Wu.

Christina Wu


Ms Wu told media that this is the “most exhausting and chaotic” campaign she has ever had, even though it is not yet over – with four days left until election day.

Wu  said at today’s press conference that it was “with a heavy heart,” she alleged that Liu’s husband verbally threatened her last Saturday at a campaign event.

“He said, ‘I will see how you die in four years’,” Ms Wu said.

“I think it’s far beyond what a normal democratic country can tolerate, and as a candidate it’s a violation to my dignity too. So I chose to report it to the police.”


Nancy Liu acknowledged the “verbal confrontation” but claimed the case has been closed by the police, while Wu revealed that she had ordered an AVO form accordingly and consider to submit it “at appropriate time.”

Stanley Xie said he had to “reveal the dark insights,” about Liu. He emphasised though that this is not representative of the conduct of all Chinese politicians, nor does it show that Chinese Australians do not understand Australian values.

*Xie said that “Chinese people only vote for faces they know.”

CAAN:  THIS comment rings alarm bells … and that all political campaigning on WeChat and like media outlets should be blocked from the announcement date of the impending Federal Election until close of voting

He says it’s a situation that has to be fixed and in doing so prevent “mainstream’s biased perception of Chinese political candidates.”

*First time election runner, Mr Ben Wang believes that revealing the “dark side of the election” should be the first step for the Chinese communities’ participation in Australia politics becoming more just and transparent.

“Having said that, I feel satisfied that my election objectives have been partly achieved after today,” Wang said.

Nancy Liu was distributing flyers with her volunteers in Hurstville at the same time the others were commenting on her at the media conference.

Liu told SBS Mandarin journalist that the recent attacks by her rivals against her were vicious and unfair and have affected her family and her husband’s reputation.

“I respect different views of other candidates…But as a member of public, a mother and wife, I will try my best to protect my family, my community and defend our dignity with law.”

Nancy Liu

Nancy Liu (third from right)with her volunteer

In regards to her party membership allegations, Liu provided SBS Mandarin with a signed-candidate information sheet showing that she had declared her registered Liberal Party membership.

Liu claims she had corrected and resubmitted the form after finding it was not declared in the original form.

She also provided a screenshot from an email from Liberal State Director that confirmed Liu was granted to run as an independent candidate in the 2017 local government election, “on the condition that you direct your preferences the Liberal Party’s ticket”.

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nancy liu

The 2017 Georges River Council government election is due to be held on 9 September 2017 amid local council elections across New South Wales.



WHAT Michael Liu had uncovered was a volunteer-run social media campaign conducted entirely in Chinese, designed to hurt Labor.

The Architect of that scheme was GLADYS LIU, the Liberal Party communities engagement committee chairwoman for Victoria

EQUALLY it can be said what Australians are witnessing is Our Democracy is being ‘destroyed’ … and our quality of life too!



How a Chinese-language social media campaign hurt Labor’s election chances  WHAT

Volunteer-run offensive on WeChat – the Chinese Facebook – behind election upset in a marginal Melbourne seat of Chisholm, Liberals say

A girl chatting on WeChat
 The pro-Liberal posts on WeChat centred on the Safe Schools controversy, same-sex marriage and economic management. Photograph: Jiangang Wang/Moment Editorial/Getty Images

Two weeks before the federal election, Michael Liu noticed something odd.

Melbourne groups on WeChat – the Chinese Facebook – were lighting up with pro-Liberal posts and articles.

In group chats of up to 500 people, commentators attacked the ALP and spread claims that voting Labor would lead to vast increases in refugee numbers which would mean fewer family visas, or suggesting that the Safe Schools program would mean boys could use girls’ toilets.

Liu, a Melbourne ALP activist and blogger on Chinese-Australian issues, tried to counter what he saw as a disinformation campaign but was hounded out and banned from many groups.

“It was almost like a religious cult,” he says. “If you did not believe in the holy dogma, you’d be harassed and abused.”

Liu took screenshots of many conversations. In one, a Glen Eira councillor, Kelvin Ho, seemed to suggest that legalising same-sex marriage would lead to approval of bestiality. Ho later apologised but claimed he had been mistranslated.

What Liu had uncovered was a volunteer-run social media campaign conducted entirely in Chinese, designed to hurt Labor.

The architect of that scheme was Gladys Liu, the Liberal party communities engagement committee chairwoman for Victoria.

She says the campaign was behind the upset result in Chisholm, in Melbourne’s east, where the Liberals bucked a nationwide trend and snatched the marginal seat from Labor.

The retirement of a well-regarded sitting member, Anna Burke, and the Country Fire Authority and Skyrail controversies may also have played a role.

But Gladys Liu points to results from voting booths in Box Hill, where more than 20% of voters are Chinese speakers, which registered a first-preference swing of 4.2% to the Liberal candidate, Julie Banks, and 5.6% away from Labor.

“In the booth results, we did very well in Box Hill and the upper end of the electorate, as well as neighbouring seats like Deakin and Kooyong with higher Chinese demographics,” Gladys Liu says.

In the 2011 census more than 15% of Chisholm residents were recorded as speaking a Chinese language at home and there has been significant Chinese migration since then. In the adjacent electorate of Deakin, covering Blackburn through to Croydon, the 2011 figure is 7.5%, while the electorate of Kooyong – Kew to Balwyn – sits at 9.3%.

“If you ask how many Chinese people read mainstream news, the percentage is so, so low,” Gladys Liu says. “But the first thing they do in the morning is turn on the phone and go to WeChat straight away.”

She says the campaign was run by volunteers like herself and centred on three issues: the Safe Schools controversy, same-sex marriage and economic management.

“A lot of parents don’t agree with letting boys go into a girls’ toilet,” she says. “They strongly opposed the Safe Schools program. Cross-dressing and transgender – this is something they found difficult to accept. Chinese believe same-sex [marriage] is against normal practice.

“Chinese people come to Australia because they want good things for the next generation, not to be destroyed – they use the word destroyed – [by] same-sex, transgender, intergender. All this rubbish.”

Gladys Liu says refugees were also a key issue for Chinese voters. “If Labor is going to open the gate and let refugees in, that will affect people here and their lives here,” she says.

But she denies that there was an orchestrated disinformation campaign. “If Labor policies are good, they can dominate WeChat,” she says. “But Chinese don’t like their policies.”

She distances the party from Ho’s statements. “We cannot control any individual. [Ho] can only represent himself. He did not represent the party’s view.”

The Labor candidate for Chisholm, Stefanie Perri, says the WeChat campaign hurt her chances.

“There clearly was a campaign that ran through WeChat, appealing to people’s fears and spreading untruths specifically designed to turn the Chinese community against [Labor],” she says. “It was lowest-common-denominator politics. It played on their greatest fears.”

She saw posts claiming Labor would increase the refugee quota at the expense of Chinese migrants. “There was clearly no factual basis but it was very opportunistic,” she says.

The New South Wales Labor Senate candidate Paul Han says the campaign also ran in Chinese-heavy seats in Sydney. He criticised the tactics in a Chinese-language press release a week out from the election.

“It is definitely systematic, organised and pushed by a team of political activists,” he says. “It spreads so fast and took everyone by surprise. The purpose is very obvious. But it is a very dirty tactic.

Han says he saw pro-Liberal posters circulating a voting survey on WeChat immediately after posting anti-Labor claims – 80% of respondents said they would now not vote Labor.

The WeChat campaign has been a rare success for the Liberals in the nationwide battle for ethnic-minority votes. Labor ran effective ads on its Save Medicare campaign in several languages other than English. On Tuesday senior Liberal sources told SBS the party leadership had not focused on the multicultural vote.

Australia’s Chinese community were sympathetic to Labor during the migration waves of the 1980s and 90s, due in part to gratitude for Bob Hawke’s decision to let Chinese students stay after the Tiananmen Square massacre. But later migrants who come on investor visas are more receptive to business-oriented Liberal policies, according to Jieh-Yung Lo, the co-founder of Poliversity, a partisan organisation trying to increase the cultural diversity of the Labor party.








Election Flyers Warn Against Gay “Death Curse” And Rape In Public Bathrooms

The flyers said homosexuality was a “death curse”.

Posted on 

Unauthorised election flyers printed in Mandarin and promoting the Christian Democratic Party warned that homosexuality was a “death curse” and said allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice would increase instances of rape.


The flyers were distributed on Saturday in the Eastwood area of the Sydney electorate of Bennelong, comfortably held by the Liberals’ John Alexander.

The flyer said that homosexuality causes people to die without having kids, and is therefore a “death curse” to families.

It also warned that a Labor victory would mean the removal of male and female public toilets.

“If any man thinks he is a female, he can go to the female toilet legally, even in the school,” the note reads.

“Therefore, criminals and rapists will have the chance to pretend to be a transgender female to enter a female toilet. You can imagine the female toilet will be a place where women are being raped.”

The flyer outlines the same-sex marriage policies of Labor, the Greens, the Liberal party and the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) , and suggests voters adopt the following preferences in the Senate:

  1. Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
  2. Liberals and Nationals
  3. Democratic Labour Party
  4. Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party
  5. Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party
  6. Family First

Earlier this week, the Sydney Morning Herald reported messages sent on Chinese language messaging app WeChat had targeted Labor on the issue of same-sex marriage in the marginal seats of Reid, Banks and Barton.

A spokesperson for the CDP told BuzzFeed News they did not know who had distributed the flyers and that they had been careful to authorise all CDP material.

“People have gone off on their own and done it,” they said.


The flyers appear to be connected with a community meeting held at Eastwood Public School on June 25.


Advertisements for the meeting, which were placed in Eastwood letterboxes, signalled it was being held to discuss marriage, the Safe Schools program, and Australian border security and refugee policy.

A man named William, listed as the contact for the meeting, told BuzzFeed News no particular group or church was behind the unauthorised election flyers.

“It’s a group of citizens who are not happy with what Labor and the Greens are saying,” he said.

William said that a small number of flyers had been distributed in the Eastwood area. When asked for his surname, William said he wanted to end the conversation and hung up.

Labor candidate for Bennelong, Lyndal Howison, told BuzzFeed News the people handing out the flyers and the CDP volunteers appeared to be working together on election day.

Lyndal Howison for Bennelong / Via Facebook: lyndalhowisonforbennelong

“It seemed that they either knew each other socially, or there was a conscious effort to separate the distribution, but the two were connected, from what I could see,” she said. “They were talking, and coordinating with each other in terms of pointing out where voters were entering the polling places, things like that.”

The CDP spokesperson said it was “possible” that people in the two groups knew each other, but stressed the flyer had not come from the CDP.

Howison, who did not win the seat, said she was “very disappointed” by the claims made on the flyer.

“I overheard a conversation that the Safe Schools program was trying to make small children think that they were gay,” she said.

“I interrupted and said this is actually not a Labor policy, it was initiated by Labor and launched by Tony Abbott. The lady handing out the flyers said ‘No no, all the information you need is on the internet. Look up the website.’ There was the implication that what I was telling the candidate was not correct. And that’s a worry.”


“This is not about sour grapes,” she added. “I didn’t win my seat, and that’s fine, that’s democracy. But you want to make sure that when people number their box, they’re doing it based on the facts.”

The Eastwood booth saw a significant 12.6% swing away from Labor and a 6.67% swing towards the CDP. The overall swings in the seat of Bennelong were 3.75% away from Labor and 4.22% toward the CDP.

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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This is an article published before the state election, showing how the pre-poll stations in Sydney could not cope with the influx of early voters. The culture is being changed to have voting ahead of the election date, with separate campaign strategies (divided along cultural lines) being used and this way also kept secret and not being seen at the polling booths on election day. This is why WeChat is being regarded as a vital consideration for the next election.


NSW election confusion, chaos as computer problem shuts several pre-poll centres



Hundreds of voters are being turned away from pre-poll stations across NSW after a problem with the Electoral Commission’s computers, with one candidate describing the situation as a “disgrace”.

Key points:

  • Voting booths in critical marginal electorates are some of those affected
  • The Electoral Commission said no voting centres were closed, but the ABC has been sent photos contradicting this
  • Voters eligible for pre-poll voting have until the Friday before the election to cast their vote

The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) denied any centres had closed, but that was at odds with the signs on doors at several pre-polling locations.

Voters were turned away from booths in crucial marginal electorates including East Hills, Riverstone and Oatley this morning.

Pre-polling opened across the state yesterday.

The NSW election will be held on March 23.

Long lines were reported at other centres including Lismore, Goulburn and outside the PCYC Fairfield-Cabramatta pre-polling booth.

Labor candidate for East Hills Cameron Murphy described it as a disgrace.

“Pre-poll is about making sure people can come down and vote early, just to have it not working when you have frail people, elderly people … it’s a disgrace,” he said.

Sue, a voter from Revesby, said they had about a 20-minute wait in line because of the delay.

“If somebody is trying to vote in their lunch break it would make it a bit difficult,” she said.

‘Performance issue’ behind delays

In a statement the NSWEC said there was a “performance issue” with its electronic roll system that had resulted in “intermittent outages” at early voting centres.

It said activating backup arrangements to allow voters to have their names marked off on the roll “may result in a delay for some electors casting their vote”.

The commission said “no voting centres are currently closed,” but the ABC has been sent photographs of a number of polling stations with their doors closed and signs up saying “early voting is temporarily closed”.



The ABC understands the iVote system is also down.

Voters who have tried to cast their vote using the electronic system this morning have received this message: “The NSW Electoral Commission has received reports of a usability issue casting a vote using ivote … The voting system will be offline to address this.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience.”


Voters eligible for pre-poll voting have until the Friday before the March 23 election to cast their vote.

Failing to vote incurs a fine of $55.

Some commentators have suggested up to 1.5 million people could vote early in the NSW election.

In Victoria, record numbers went without their democracy sausage in order to avoid the polling day queues, casting early ballots in November’s state election.

Figures show that more than 1.6 million early and postal votes were cast, accounting for 40 per cent of the votes in the Victorian election.


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Chinese state TV lauds Liberal candidate Scott Yung

China’s state-run broadcaster CCTV 4 aired a laudatory piece on the Liberal candidate for Kogarah, 26-year-old Scott Yung, in the dying days of the NSW election as the candidate posted endorsements from big-name Chinese celebrities.

The story, which ran on Tuesday, recounts how Mr Yung got into politics after acting as a translator for John Howard when the former prime minister visited Kogarah five years ago.

The state-owned broadcaster CCTV 4 told Scott Yung's story on Tuesday.
The state-owned broadcaster CCTV 4 told Scott Yung’s story on Tuesday.CREDIT:CCTV 4

“Since this incident, Scott Yung became invested in the development of the local Chinese communities,” the CCTV anchor said. “Recently, he decided to run for office in the south Sydney electorate of Kogarah. If he succeeds, this 26-year-old will become Australia’s youngest state representative.”

The CCTV story, which did not urge viewers to vote for Mr Yung, concluded with the candidate’s hope for more opportunities for Chinese-Australians to participate in politics.


The story was promoted on Sydney Fashion, a page on the popular Chinese platform WeChat, which also included clips from Chinese celebrities endorsing Mr Yung, who is president of the Liberal Party Chinese Youth Council.


Actor Zhang Tielin wishes Mr Yung well in this video from a WeChat post.CREDIT:WECHAT

Actor Zhang Tielin, who appeared in the popular Chinese costume drama My Fair Princess, said Mr Yung had a bright future.

“I’m wishing the young and talented Mr Scott Yung great success, and to reach his end goal,” Mr Zhang said.

Mr Zhang’s endorsement is followed by similar words from Hu Jun, a leading actor who has appeared in dozens of Chinese movies and TV series, including John Yoo’s two-part epic Red Cliff.

Quotes from a roll call of other Chinese stars also wish Mr Yung well, including one from Lily Ji, who appeared in Hollywood blockbusters including Transformers: Age of Extinction and Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Mr Yung’s own WeChat account re-posted the same post, which includes a picture of his how-to-vote card.

The Liberals’ election bus stopped in Hurstville‘s Chinatown in the heart of Kogarah the day after the CCTV 4 video aired.

There, Mr Yung made headlines with his response to Labor leader Michael Daley’s remarks about “Asians with PhDs” displacing other Sydney residents.

“Michael Daley’s comments are racist,” Mr Yung said as he toured the seat with state Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on Wednesday. “I’m proud of my Chinese heritage.”

Sydney Fashion, a page on the popular Chinese platform WeChat, has included clips from Chinese celebrities, including Lily Ji, endorsing Kogarah Liberal candidate Scott Yung, 26.
Sydney Fashion, a page on the popular Chinese platform WeChat, has included clips from Chinese celebrities, including Lily Ji, endorsing Kogarah Liberal candidate Scott Yung, 26.

The CCTV item does not mention Mr Daley’s comments, for which he has since apologised, or the federal government’s foreign influence register, which was widely viewed as being aimed at China.

Labor’s Chris Minns has held Kogarah, in Sydney’s inner south west, since 2015 with a comfortable 6.9 per cent buffer.

But the seat is one of Sydney’s most diverse. About half of the population living there were born overseas, well above the state-wide average of around 34 per cent.

Census figures show 28.1 per cent of the seat’s residents have Chinese ancestry and 20 per cent were born in China.

Ethnic identity has become a significant issue in the election in the wake of Mr Daley’s comments, which were recorded at ‘politics in the pub’ speech in the Blue Mountains.

Mr Yung and Mr Minns were contacted for comment.


Nick is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.








China is using debt traps to control the South China Sea


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  • China’s One Belt One Road project and massive infrastructure loans are helping to weaken opposition to its claims in the South China Sea.
  • The South China Sea is of critical importance to China which has created new islands through dredging for military bases, and consistently defended its claims despite protests and legal battles with other regional competitors.
  • Eyebrows were raised when Malaysia’s president told his Philippino counterpart that signing deals with China would leave you under their “control” recently.


Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, came under pressure this week to defend a series of infrastructure loans provided to the country by China, amid fears that failure to repay them could see the country lose key resources.

It’s part of a broader issue affecting Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries as China continues to provide huge infrastructure financing as part of its One Belt One Road scheme. In principle, China’s ambition is simply to help develop better links between countries on its periphery with the added benefit of providing greater opportunities for Chinese companies abroad.

However, China is also hoping to overcome opposition claims to the strategically and historically important South China Sea. The country has laid claim to much of the area which contains enormous reserves of oil and gas but also possesses key strategic importance for the region.

“The South China Sea is a key transportation route. China currently gets 80% of its oil imports through the Malacca Strait and it also contains key resources,” according to Daniel O’Neill, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of the Pacific. “The biggest reason for increasing control there is to further China’s regional hegemony,” he told Business Insider.

The South China Sea territory holds an estimated 125 billion barrels of oil and 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, according to Global Risk Insights. Similarly, some 10% of global fishing supply is linked to the area, per the Financial Times, and around $3.4 trillion of shipping trade passes through the region each year, accordingto Global Risk Insights.

China’s decision to boost its financing to The Philippines is part of its efforts to sway the country over the issue of the South China Sea. Since Xi Jinping’s visit in 2016 China has opened a $9 billion credit line to the country, much of which has gone towards infrastructure projects including dams.

President Duterte was forced to defend the country’s decision to sign loans with China over supposedly unfavourable terms which could see Manila lose assets in the event of a default, according to Bloomberg.

The Supreme Justice of The Philippines indicated on March 22 that China could seize control of the country’s gas fields in its economic zone in the South China Sea if The Philippines defaults on its obligations for the Chico Dam. That agreement was signed in April last year, and is seen as the template for subsequent financings, according to Bloomberg. The issue surrounds so-called “patrimonial” assets in the Philippines run area of Reed Bank.

As a result, opposition parties in The Philippines demanded that the loan documentation for the country’s latest deal with China, the Kaliwa Dam, be made publicly available, something that the Department of Finance subsequently did.

Carrot and Stick

China’s approach has been to provide financing in many ASEAN countries in order to split opposition to its moves in the South China Sea. The organisation needs unanimity to pass judgments, meaning China has been able to pick countries off one by one against a UN ruling on the issue of exclusive economic zones in 2016 by the body’s Law of the Sea’s (UNCLOS) which Beijing subsequently rejected. The ruling was designed to prevent encroachment by China into territorially strategic waters by the other nations involved, including Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, and The Philippines.

“As far as the South China Sea goes its importance for China is tremendous and it’s adopted a carrot and stick approach in order to divide ASEAN, which includes using loans to pressure its members,” adds O’Neill.

However, despite concerns that China’s influence might increase even further as it continues to fund projects there have been notable backlashes against the growing superpower.

Malaysia, another nation with claims on the South China Sea, recently became far more hawkish on China following the surprise election of 93-year-old Manathir Mohammed last year.

Ahead of a meeting with Duterte recently the Malaysian premier said “If you borrow huge sums of money from China and you cannot pay, you know when a person is a borrower he is under the control of the lender, so we have to be very careful with that,” to ABS-CBN News Channel, as quoted by Nikkei Asian Review.

It’s an example of what critics call “debt trap diplomacy” which has affected China’s relationships with Sri Lanka and Laos in recent years. Sri Lanka famously gave China a 99 year lease on a strategic port after it ran into financial difficulty with its creditors.

China’s attempts to control more and more of the South China Sea has led to reviews from other countries and could see further resistance in the future.






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The lesson learnt from the NSW Election with a Michael Daley comment being released by a Mole in the final week of the campaign was to cause maximum damage …

THE COMMENT was not Racist … in fact what Michael Daley said happens to be true … there is a PhD Student Visa offering Permanent Residency!

-there are 1.6 Million Visa Workers in Australia

THAT the Chinese community is now big enough to determine Who Wins and Who Loses!

WeChat provides a tool for the Chinese Communist Party to fundamentally compromise Australia’s sovereignty … given the CCP’s political organising of the Chinese community in Australia …

HOW Best to overcome this?

Check Party Policies …

-to eliminate Money Laundering in Real Estate … this is at the CRUX of our woes, and the ALP has a Policy!

-to stop Liberal Cuts to Health, Education

-improve outcomes for the cost of living

-Climate Change & Environment

CHECK PARTY PREFERENCES … to ensure they do not preference the LNP …

THEN number all the boxes and

Vote the LNP out …





Why China’s WeChat could be a key battleground in the Australian election 

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley’syoung Asians with PhDs taking our jobsblunder cost him dearly in the recent NSW state election.

His defeat also offered a taste of the crucial role the Chinese social networking platform WeChat could play in the forthcoming federal election.

After Daley’s comments were publicised, Liberal candidate and Chinese-Australian Scott Yung reportedly published articles on WeChat accusing Daley of being a “racist”. Yung says this helped him secure an 8.4 percent swing in the primary vote in the seat of Kogarah held by Labor candidate Chris Minns.

It’s likely WeChat also played a role played a role in Labor’s disastrous loss in the 2016 federal election, when the Liberal Party successfully harnessed the platform in the key marginal seat of Chisholm in Victoria.

Focusing more attention on the platform is a smart strategy for politicians. The 2016 Census counted approximately 1.2 million people of Chinese ancestry in Australia.

Around 510,000 of these voters were born in China, and 597,000 speak Mandarin in the home. A large majority of these Mandarin speakers prefer WeChat as their social media platform.

Mainstream politicians are getting on board


Mainstream Australian politicians have long used social platforms like Twitter and Facebook to engage voters, but their use of WeChat is a relatively recent phenomenon.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened his official WeChat account in early February in anticipation of the forthcoming federal election. But he wasn’t the first Australian prime minister to open a WeChat account. Kevin Rudd claimed that honour nearly six years ago.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten had already taken to WeChat by May 2017, while Chris Bowen was the first federal Labor politician to own a subscription account. In October 2017, he became the first politician from either side of politics to use WeChat Live to engage and interact in real-time with the Chinese community.

Aiming to up the ante with Morrison, Shorten participated in a WeChat Live interaction session for the first time this week, answering questions from 500 WeChat users.

Major parties at federal and state levels, as well as an increasing number of politicians at federal, state and local levels – including Clare O’Neil, Craig Laundy, David Coleman, Sam Crosby, Chris Minns, Jodi McKay, and many others – have now opened WeChat accounts.


Candidates of Chinese heritage are using WeChat

Hong Kong migrant Gladys Liu (Liberal) and Taiwan migrant Jennifer Yang (Labor) are using WeChat to campaign for the federal seat of Chisholm in Victoria. WeChat is not only a valuable way for mainstream politicians to reach out to Chinese Australians.


It has also provided a crucial campaign platform for political candidates of Chinese heritage to garner support from Chinese communities.

And Scott Yung, Liberal candidate for Kogarah in the recent NSW state election and possibly also for the federal election, has become such a celebrity on Chinese social media that he caught the attention of China’s CCTV.

These, and other political players, publicise their credentials and policies by posting material on “Moments” – a WeChat feature that allows users to reach everyone within their “circle of friends”.

They also maintain an active, and often interactive, presence in the myriad WeChat groups – self-formed interest groups with as many as 500 Chinese-speaking members.

Politicians need a specific WeChat strategy

Whether WeChat will help federal candidates win Chinese votes depends on the extent to which candidates are prepared to invest in WeChat in the next few weeks, and how effective their communication strategies are.

So far, neither major party seems to have a coordinated strategic communication plan for WeChat. Users are yet to see a clearly articulated comparison between their respective policies on key issues. Nor is there evidence that politicians of any persuasion have figured out how to translate policies into information that Chinese voters can relate to or identify with.

The first problem seems to lie in attempts to use WeChat as a top-down, sender-to-receiver, one-to-all instrument of communication. In most cases, their accounts are maintained by Chinese-speaking proxies, which does little more than increase their visibility.

The story’s attention-grabbing, even sensational, headline uses words such as “secret conversation” and “exposed” to describe a routine WeChat interaction between Crosby and an individual WeChat user to attract readers. Language barriers aside, a knowledge of how WeChat works as a culture-specific platform is also crucial.

A Sydney Today story provides an example of how Sam Crosby, Labor’s candidate for the seat of Reid, managed to beat his erstwhile opponent Craig Laundy in a “popularity contest” on WeChat.

Whether politicians should stoop to such sensationalism to gain popularity is debatable. Nonetheless, politicians need to adopt the communication styles, vernacular and personas that are preferred by Chinese-speaking WeChat users.

With Scott Yung poised for Liberal preselection in Reid, and even more active and better known than Crosby on WeChat, this is a seat to watch closely leading up to election.

Treating the Chinese community as ‘us’ not ‘them’

One politician who has made effective use of Chinese-language media is Labor’s Jodi McKay, who retained the seat of Strathfield in the recent NSW election.


In addition to having a WeChat account, McKay has frequently engaged with Chinese communities through interviews with opinion leaders as well as various Chinese-language media. The content of these interviews, written in Chinese and relayed through WeChat, was widely circulated among Chinese-speaking WeChat users living in Strathfield and beyond.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle facing politicians is the temptation to use WeChat for political point-scoring. This is most clearly demonstrated in the uproar among Chinese-speaking communities following National Senator Barry O’Sullivan’s comment during a Senate Estimates hearing last month:

“There’s a bigger chance of us having a biosecurity breach from some bloody old Chinaman that brings in his favourite sausage down the front of his undies.”

Scott Morrison took to WeChat to distance himself from O’Sullivan’s remark. But some Chinese commentators noticed that Morrison’s statement was made only on WeChat, in Chinese.

There seems to be a view among Chinese communities that, in this instance, WeChat was used mainly to pacify a particular community, while also minimising the risk of alienating mainstream voters. This should alert politicians of all stripes that targeting Chinese-speaking communities via WeChat could backfire, if these communities feel that they are being treated as “them” rather than “us”.

It’s clear that WeChat is now a must for politicians, and the contest on this battleground will only intensify as the federal election looms. How best to harness WeChat to win key votes without being shafted by opponents is a trickier question.count

By Wanning Sun, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Technology Sydney. This article is republished fromThe Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.