Key Points …
-Chisholm had been held by Julia Banks; her pre-selection had been threatened in the days of the coup against Malcolm Turnbull
-party power-broker Michael Sukkar visited her electorate without her knowledge
.sometimes in company of Dutton
-Liu was part of Sukkar’s organisation in his electorate of Deakin
-Liu won preselection for Chisholm
-election day; Mandarin posters to follow the Liberal how-to-vote card
-outgoing ASIO Chief: every day covert attempts to influence
-great irony; junior staff have to pass security clearances; politicians don’t
CCP … how good is Austraya?
Questions raised about Liberal MP Gladys Liu
Updated Fri 13 Sep 2019,
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7.30’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle looks at Gladys Liu’s political history.
GLADYS LIU, LIBERAL MEMBER FOR CHISHOLM: We are so fortunate to live in a country where migrants can come to Australia, become Australians, and service people here in the Parliament.
How good is Australia?
LAURA TINGLE, CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: When Gladys Liu won the seat of Chisholm in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in May, it wasn’t just a significant moment because she was the first Chinese woman MP.
GLADYS LIU: I love Chisholm!
LAURA TINGLE: Her election closed the book on an unattractive chapter in Liberal Party politics.
JULIA BANKS, FORMER MEMBER FOR CHISHOLM: The Liberal Party has changed.
*LAURA TINGLE: The seat had been held by Julia Banks, who quit the Liberal Party after claiming her pre-selection had been threatened in the tumultuous days of the coup against Malcolm Turnbull.
SCOTT MORRISON, PRIME MINISTER: This is my leader.
LAURA TINGLE: But Banks had been under internal pressure for some time.*
Michael Sukkar …
She found her Victorian colleague and party power-broker, Michael Sukkar, visiting her electorate without her knowledge – sometimes in powerful company.*
These photos of Peter Dutton and Michael Sukkar were taken in June 2018 in the heart of Banks’ electorate.
Gladys Liu, who had long and deep Liberal ties, was part of Sukkar’s organisation in his electorate of Deakin.*
Unusually, there was a fundraiser held for Mr Sukkar in Banks’ seat, attended by Mr Dutton, with a dinner in Canberra with the Home Affairs Minister as one of the items up for auction.*
Disillusioned, Banks eventually put up the white flag in Chisholm and set her sights on another electorate*
GLADYS LIU: How are you?
LAURA TINGLE: Gladys Liu won pre-selection for the seat.
There was more controversy after posters appeared around Chisholm on election day, mimicking the style of official Electoral Commission material telling voters in Mandarin to follow the Liberal how-to-vote card.*
A purple sign urging Chinese voters to vote for the Liberal party sits next to an official AEC sign in Chisholm. Photo: Twitter: The New Daily
This history is worth mentioning, because now, as then, politics plays a big part in this story, as much as the issues raised about national security concerns.
MARK DREYFUS, SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL: It goes to whether or not the member for Chisholm is a fit and proper person to occupy the government benches.
REBEKHA SHARKIE, CENTRE ALLIANCE: The trust, the confidence, the integrity of this place rides on this matter.
MARK BUTLER, SHADOW ENERGY MINISTER: There is a cloud hanging over the absolute majority that this Government holds, and some important questions over fundraising and events that have happened over the past couple of years.
LAURA TINGLE: There have been a number of questions raised about Gladys Liu since her election, including a report, strenuously denied, that donations of $300,000 raised through her connections had been refunded after security agencies raised concerns.
Today in the Senate, Penny Wong raised media reports that senior Liberals were warned by security agencies that concerns about the member for Chisholm’s links to the Chinese Communist Party made it unwise to pre-select her.
Earlier this week, the ABC and Nine Media reported her involvement in local organisations linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
Her faulty memory about those links, which in some cases had gone on for 12 years, and her subsequent confirmation of them gave the Opposition an opportunity to attack.
MARK DREYFUS: What steps did the Prime Minister take to ensure that the member for Chisholm is a fit and proper person to sit in the Australian Parliament? *
TONY SMITH, SPEAKER: That question is out of order.
LAURA TINGLE: The Government is digging in and accusing Labor of desperation and racism.
SCOTT MORRISON: Just because someone was born in China doesn’t make them disloyal.
What the member for Isaacs is doing is casting a smear on Chinese-Australians, Mr Speaker.
LAURA TINGLE: But the crossbench in the House and Senate think there are legitimate questions.
REBEKHA SHARKIE: I would urge the government not to use your numbers in this place, your slim majority in this place, and we all remember what happened in the 45th Parliament, to run a protection racket.
REX PATRICK, CENTRE ALLIANCE SENATOR: She needs to make a statement to the Parliament to spell out exactly what her interactions have been in the past in relation to members of the Chinese Communist Party.
LAURA TINGLE: There is a lot at stake in this story.
Losing an MP would reduce the Morrison majority to just one seat but the passage of foreign interference legislation last year shows the new sensitivity to influence, and particularly Chinese influence, in our politics.
DUNCAN LEWIS, OUTGOING ASIO CHIEF: Covert attempts to influence and shape the views of the public, of the media, the government, and the diaspora communities, both within Australia and overseas, is now with us every day.*
LAURA TINGLE: The great irony is that while even junior staffers need to pass security clearances, politicians themselves do not. *
Rex Patrick has argued this should change.
REX PATRICK: The Government was supposed to set up a scheme, a parliamentary Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme, but dropped the ball when the election occurred.*
LAURA TINGLE: The Government does have some other options to address the concerns raised by the Liu case.
Requiring MPs and senators to declare links to foreign organisations in their register of interests is one of them.
7.30 understands this was discussed last year in the context of the foreign interference legislation but not pursued.*
That may well change now, as the Government seeks to close down a controversy that has diverted Parliament this week from the Prime Minister’s plan for stable government.