IS Canberra failing to see the whole picture, or to understand what has been happening globally … that which is so apparent to the rest of us?
How many more pollies and bureaucrats have been flattered and duchessed by our big neighbour to the North? Some of them are Rhodes Scholars even ..
CHINA with a population of 1.4 Billion, Millions of HNW … cough … cough … why have they been so generous?
CAAN can provide some links to assist ICAC! View below!
NSW Liberals took Donations from Figure linked to Pro-Beijing Group and Huang Xiangmo
ARE the Libs saying ‘that black is white’?
Donor Huang Xiangmo had help from Liberal Party Director; met Christopher Pyne
WHERE’s the Corruption Probe into Donations made by LNP-Linked Chinese Community and some others?
Corruption Probe into Donations made by Labor-linked Restaurateur, friends and Family
Abbott, Liberal Figures at Event with Chinese Communist Party Links
THIS is the mysterious billionaire property developer behind some of the largest political donations
Chinese interests play increasing role in Australian political donations
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ICAC to grill key Labor figures over Chinese donations and influence
By Kate McClymont, Nick McKenzie and Tom Rabe
July 31, 2019
Chinese billionaire and Crown high roller Huang Xiangmo’s relationship with former NSW Labor party boss Jamie Clements and ex-state MP, Ernest Wong, will be the focus of fresh corruption commission hearings next month.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption will examine serious allegations of subversion of state election donation laws. Also of “significant public interest” to the corruption watchdog is possible foreign influence on the NSW electoral process by Chinese business figures, some of whom are understood to have close ties with the Chinese government.
The Herald can also reveal that Mr Huang is an $800 million-per-year Crown casino high roller, and such a big punter that it used him as a case study of the benefits of uber-wealthy Chinese gamblers moving to live in Australia.
Leaked Crown documents, part of an ongoing investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, can also reveal how Mr Huang dealt with powerful former Labor party operatives working for Crown Casino, even after ASIO warned Labor and the Coalition about him in August 2015.
Mr Huang was expelled from Australia by ASIO over his foreign influence activities.
As the fallout from this investigation continued, the federal government on Tuesday ordered a national integrity watchdog examine a string of allegations about the conduct of Commonwealth officials linked to Crown’s casino operations.
The Herald has previously revealed the Independent Commission Against Corruption has been investigating NSW Labor concerning allegations of a “scheme to evade” the state’s electoral funding laws.
Details of the ICAC investigation came to light after NSW Labor registered a formal complaint about ICAC executing a search warrant at its headquarters last December.
An investigation was undertaken by the independent inspector of ICAC, Bruce McClintock, SC.
His report into the ALP’s complaint, tabled in parliament recently, contained extraordinary details surrounding the complexity and seriousness of the ICAC inquiry.
Targets of the inquiry were revealed to be ALP officials, members of Chinese Friends of Labor and political donors, who may have allegedly evaded donation laws, which the report suggests can attract jail terms of up to 10 years.
The report revealed the ICAC was investigating concerns those parties “entered into a scheme to evade the prohibitions and requirements of [the electoral funding act] relating to political donations”.
Sources have told the Herald that of particular interest to the inquiry are donations made by Mr Huang, who was stranded in Hong Kong earlier this year after he was refused re-entry to Australia.
When contacted on Tuesday, Mr Wong said he “expected to be called” to the inquiry given he was the patron of the Chinese Friends of Labor organisation.
In 2013 Mr Wong, a close confidant of Mr Huang, was given an Upper House seat by Labor party officials. He succeeded former treasurer Eric Roozendaal who, upon quitting parliament, went to work for Mr Huang’s prominent property development company, Yuhu.
Asked if he had been summoned to appear, Mr Clements declined to comment.
In 2017 Mr Clements, who was general secretary from 2013 to 2016, was convicted of unlawfully accessing the electoral roll after he sought confidential details about a voter for a union boss. He was fined $4000.
Of specific interest to ICAC is a March 2015 Chinese Friends of Labor dinner, where $100,000 was raised for the party.
Jonathan Yee, the former head of Chinese Friends of Labor, is understood to have played a key role in rounding up the donors.
A Labor source said there had been discussions within head office as to whether ALP officials would have their legal fees covered by the party in relation to “further developments” in the matter.
“There is clearly movement at the station on that matter,” the source said of the ICAC inquiry which is scheduled to start on Monday, 26 August.
They described the decision for Labor to lodge the complaint with ICAC, which resulted in key details and seriousness of the matter being made public, as “a fuck up”.
Former Senator and onetime General Secretary of NSW Labor Sam Dastyari resigned from Federal parliament after it was revealed that he had tipped off Mr Huang that his phone was being monitored.
In February, Mr Dastyari said his first encounter with Mr Huang should have sparked “warning bells” after he met him at a private restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown.
“He had just booked out an entire restaurant to have dinner with me. I was vain. Arrogant. Thought I was special,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“There is an arms race for donations between the parties. And when you’ve got individuals like Huang who are prepared to fork out millions of dollars they get listened to,” the former in NSW Senator said.
The Senator had previously found himself in strife when, during the 2016 Federal election campaign, he stood beside Mr Huang at a Chinese-media press conference, supporting the Chinese party’s position on the South China Sea, which was contrary to the ALP’s stated position.
A spokeswoman for ICAC declined to comment.
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.
Nick McKenzie is an investigative reporter for The Age. He’s won seven Walkley awards and covers politics, business, foreign affairs and defence, human rights issues, the criminal justice system and social affairs.
Tom Rabe is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald