HUANG XIANGMO CHINESE BILLIONAIRE HAS AUSTRALIAN ASSETS FROZEN OVER US$96 MILLION TAX BILL

EXTRACT FROM THE SMH: ‘Huang Xiangmo’s assets frozen as Tax Office pursues him for $140 million

The ATO sought urgent orders in the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday to freeze the local assets of Mr Huang and his wife Jiefang as it seeks to claw back millions in allegedly unpaid tax and penalties.

ATO’s barrister, Anthony McInerney, SC said Mr Huang had taken “no active steps to dissipate” his local assets but he was “evincing an intention to no longer have an association with this country” and the Tax Office feared he would either sell or “encumber” his local assets to put them beyond its reach.

Neither Mr Huang nor his lawyers were in court to respond to the claims.

Mr McInerney said information from government agency AUSTRAC revealed Mr Huang had transferred tens of millions of dollars into and out of the country between January 2016 and August this year. There had been an “increasing outflow of money, particularly since December 2018”, he said.

Justice Anna Katzmann said she was “satisfied that an order should be made” against Mr Huang and his wife, and reasons would be given at a later date. Mr and Mrs Huang may elect to challenge the freezing orders in court. The matter returns to court on Friday.

Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo has Australian assets frozen over US$96 million tax bill

  • Huang was last year stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country
  • He has been at the centre of a series of political interference concerns, having donated millions to Australia’s two main political parties

Compiled by SCMP’s Asia desk  

Published: 17 Sep, 2019

Huang Xiangmo with Malcolm Turnbull in 2016. Photo: Handout
Huang Xiangmo with Malcolm Turnbull in 2016. Photo: Handout

Huang Xiangmo with Malcolm Turnbull in 2016. Photo: Handout

Huang Xiangmo, the Chinese billionaire political donor who was last year stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country, has now reportedly has his Australian assets frozen and is being pursued by the country’s tax office for A$140 million (US$96 million).

Huang has been at the centre of a series of political interference concerns, having donated millions to Australia’s two main political parties and been photographed with key figures including former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He has also come under scrutiny for alleged links to the United Front Work Department – a Chinese Communist Party-linked body accused of neutralising opposition and buying political influence around the world.

Gladys Liu scandal: Australian PM condemns ‘grubby smear’ against MP with links to China’s ‘propaganda arm’

On Tuesday, The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Australian Tax Office (ATO) this week moved to freeze Huang’s assets over unpaid taxes and penalties.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/huang-xiangmo-s-assets-frozen-as-tax-office-pursues-him-for-140-million-20190916-p52rub.html

Huang has lived in Hong Kong with his wife, Jiefang, since his Australian residency was cancelled last year. The couple’s assets include a mansion worth A$13 million in the upscale Sydney suburb of Mosman.

In Federal Court, the ATO’s lawyers said Huang had been under audit since 2017 and had “grossly understated his income” between 2013 and 2015 and made “false or misleading statements” in income tax returns, the Herald reported.

The court heard Huang had received a A$140 million tax bill earlier this month, stemming mostly from the sale of a mansion in Hong Kong, creating a capital gains tax liability.

Huang has also emerged as a key figure in an inquiry conducted by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) into an alleged scheme by the NSW Labor Party to conceal a A$100,000 cash donation allegedly made by Huang before the 2015 state election. Such donations by property developers have been banned in NSW since 2009.

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Huang allegedly delivered the cash personally to the party’s Sydney headquarters after a fundraising dinner in March 2015. He has denied making the donation and declined to testify during the ICAC inquiry.

In 2017, it was revealed Huang’s company had paid former Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s personal legal bills, and appeared alongside the politician at a news conference for Chinese media where Dastyari supported Beijing’s stance on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, contradicting Labor’s policy. The controversy forced Dastyari to quit politics.

“Wealthy Chinese businessmen have been pouring money into Australia’s two main political parties,” said Clive Hamilton, author of Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia.

“It’s believed that Beijing has been buying influence. Mr Huang has donated around A$2.7 million and demanded Australia change its policy on China’s unlawful occupation of islands in the South China Sea.

“The tax office’s pursuit of Mr Huang takes us deeper into the poison of dark money and CCP influence in the bloodstream of Australian politics.”

Additional reporting by John Power

SOURCE: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/3025323/chinese-billionaire-huang-xiangmo-offered-deliver-big-bag

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BELLAMY’s to be bought out by CHINESE Dairy Company for $1.5 Billion

AMAZING, aren’t they!

It didn’t take them long to get the vertical integration in placewhat will be next?

Another local enterprise being predated upon is now captured, and will be consumed


is this in Australia’s interest?


-is this buy out another way of getting around our rules about foreign ownership of our agriculture and agri businesses?

-will this product be subject to the corporate culture of a foreign entity?

will the employment of people in Australia be now subject to foreign edicts, as seen in ‘American Factory’

American Factory’ is a documentary but feels like a horror story from the frontlines of late capitalism 

Frightening, this is but a fraction of their plans, an example of where and what they are up to!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-11/american-factory-documentary-review-netflix-obamas/11496116


Another sad day for Australian industry!

Let’s hope there is more to be said about this, that the FIRB will do something … even if it limits the level of ownership to 50% preferably not allow it!

Should there be a hue and cry over Bellamy sale to foreigners? !!!

Will we be subject to the same old lines like:

-it’s a commercial decision
-it’s about foreign investment and we encourage it

IT sends the wrong signal to the World if on every occasion we complain about the sale of a company in Australia:

-the production is remaining in Australia so there’s little to worry about

-interfering with the sale of businesses could mean our exports could suffer as our trade customers look for alternatives elsewhere

-the money paid for the sale of this company will be invested elsewhere so nothing changes

AND so on but what about:


-future compliance
-future standards
-means of production are no longer in our control
-Australian companies have sold off their base in Australia and have facilitated vertical integration of foreign entities into what is left of our industrial capacity

AND the fact it is another example of the erosion of our corporate ownership, intellectual property and wealth generation.

LONG TERM it is yet another dark day for the Australian economy

-it becomes yet another incremental step in the pulling apart of our sovereignty

-at its heart is an ideological agenda of advancing free market capitalism with a Darwinian belief in the trickle down economy

P.S. The Bellamy’s suitor is associated with a State Owned Enterprise (that is, the Chinese Communist Party). Obviously this acquisition should be blocked, if on no other grounds than unfair trade practices, blocking access then buying the company.

Bellamy’s to be bought out by Chinese dairy company for $1.5 billion

ABC Rural

By Nikolai Beilharz

16 SEPTEMBER 2019

Tins of infant formula sitting on the shelf
Bellamy’s CEO says Mengniu is an “ideal partner”, offering a strong platform for distribution in China. (ABC Rural: Brett Worthington)

Tasmanian-based infant formula company Bellamy’s has recommended shareholders vote in favour of a proposed $1.5 billion takeover by Chinese company Mengniu.

The potential takeover offers a significant 59 per cent premium to the last closing price for Bellamy’s shares. Shares closed on September 13 at $8.32, and the offer from Mengniu is $12.65 per share and a $0.60 dividend per share.

The board of Bellamy’s has unanimously recommended that shareholders vote in favour of the offer.

Bellamy’s CEO Andrew Cohen said Mengniu was an “ideal partner” for the business.

“It offers a strong platform for distribution and success in China, and a foundation for growth in the organic dairy and food industry in Australia,” Mr Cohen said.

Mengniu CEO Lu Minfan said the company had growth ambitions for Bellamy’s in Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region, and pointed to investment in the local dairy industry to ensure there was capacity to expand.

The deal is subject to Foreign Investment Review Board approval.

Board member John Murphy said he is hopeful that FIRB approval will be granted.

“At this stage we’re in the process with FIRB. We’re having full engagement and are co-operating in that process. It has a way to run, but we’re feeling very positive. We don’t want to get ahead of that process, we’ll let it play through but at this stage we’re feeling very positive that it will run a course.”

The ABC has contacted the office of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg for comment.

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GLADYS LIU ‘DOUBLE AGENT’ DIVIDES AND CONQUERS!

‘It is now leftie press that is leading the national security charge against Gladys Liu, while the right turns treasonous wokester‘!

Gladys Liu “double agent” divides and conquers

By Houses and Holes in Australian business mediaAustralian Politics

September 16, 2019 | 23 comments

One of the more delicious ironies of the Gladys Liu Affair is that it has reversed the roles in the left versus right media.

Owing to the vertical markets of Australian politics, where particular mastheads cheer on their chosen party and business sponsor regardless of mounting atrocities, the LNP drowning in Chinese Communist Party (CCP) bribes has reversed the traditional left versus right polarity.

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Mr Morrison and Ms Liu are in discussion, looking relaxed and smiling.

To wit, the ABC is still digging into Liu’s influence:

*Gladys Liu’s Liberal Party branch pushed an unusual motion within the Liberal Party to relax foreign investment laws prior to her becoming a federal MP.*

*At the 2017 Victorian Liberal Party conference, the party’s Eastern Multicultural Branch, of which Ms Liu was the president, proposed a motion that would make foreign investment in agribusiness and agricultural land easier without approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

*It also accused public attitudes toward foreign investment as being driven by xenophobia.

The motion, obtained by the ABC, called for the raising of the $15 million screening threshold for agricultural land and the $55 million threshold for agribusiness. Any investment above these levels must be approved by the board.

“The current screening thresholds are too low and create unnecessary bureaucracy and costs when dealing with foreign investment,” the motion read.

“The capital value of agricultural land and agribusiness investments particularly in Northern Australia are well above these thresholds and need to be set at levels that will allow normal transactions to proceed.

How this sits with the Nats I will leave to you to surmise. It is not corruption, of course, but it goes to a pattern of behaviour that describes what Liu is about, CCP economic takeover.

ABC soft touch, Laura Tingle, also chimed in against Liu:

While the spectre of Chinese interference raised by Ms Liu’s past connections raises troubling issues, the extraordinary amounts of money she was able to raise from the Chinese community for the Liberal Party should not be overlooked amid the frisson about intelligence agency warnings and national security questions.

You don’t have to look further than Ms Liu’s own sales pitch to the Liberal Party for evidence of that fundraising capacity.

…Apart from anything else, Ms Liu’s job application shows her at the least as a more than competent and determined political operator — and a long way removed from the picture of a victim who had overcome obstacles being painted of her by the Prime Minister at the end of the week.

There are plenty of other anecdotes about other big fundraising events, though the mystery is always how you tally them against the much more benign-looking formats of disclosure on the Australian Electoral Commission website.

The ABC also gave us the quote of the weekend:

Gladys Liu smiles as she pats a koala chewing on a gum leaf

…Liberals believed Ms Liu’s company would eventually catch up with her.

When ASIO advised Mr Turnbull not to attend a “meet and greet” function in Box Hill in February 2018, it was because of the folk Ms Liu had invited.

At the time, Ms Liu wasn’t even the Liberal candidate, just an enthusiastic party member acting in aid of the sitting member.

Exactly who on the A4 list of 30 names had sparked concern with security agencies is not known.

But the list, supplied by Julia Banks at the request of the Prime Minister’s Office, had Ms Liu’s name on it.

So is Gladys Liu a spy?

Hell no, say Liberals.

“She’s the get-ahead girl. She’s intelligent, she networks furiously, she’s ambitious. It’s all about Gladys,” says one.

Another says: “Gladys is no Chinese agent. Does she have the wrong friends? No doubt.”

*Err, channeling “the wrong friends’” money into parliament for influence makes her an agent of influence by definition. Consider, if Sam Dastayari was a “double agent” (according to Peter Dutton) for swallowing the Chinese drugs, how is Gladys Liu not so being the drug pusher?

Even uber-wokester The Guardian put the boot in:

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Penny Wong, Mathias Cormann and Kristina Keneally in a heated exchange in the Senate yesterday over allegations of racism and the Gladys Liu matter:

“It’s incomprehensible that Senator Wong, as a Chinese-Australian, would perpetrate a smear on herself”.55510:54 AM – Sep 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy365 people are talking about this

Leftie SBS added to Government woes when its exposed ScoMo for openly lying:

Mr Morrison was in Queensland on Friday touring fire-affected communities when he was asked by a reporter why questions about Ms Liu were inappropriate but his past usage of the phrase “Shanghai Sam” was not.

“Prime Minister why was it racist to question Gladys Liu’s connections to China but it wasn’t racist to call Sam Dastyari ‘Shanghai Sam’?” the reporter asked.

“I didn’t use either of those phrases,” Mr Morrison responded.

Mr Morrison has repeatedly used the phrase in the past, including in 2017 when he was Treasurer.

“Under Bill Shorten, Labor is the choice of the same old self interested politics – vested interests, special deals, protecting the big unions and their big deals with big business that work against workers, machine politics, Shanghai Sam, John Setka and the CFMEU,” he told the Liberal Party’s 2017 Federal Council in Sydney.

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The increasingly anodyne and pointless Saturday Paper added a whimper, from Paul Bongiorno:

Is it any wonder innocent bystanders hold politicians in such low esteem? It is all the more curious that the Morrison government voted 10 times against integrity and accountability in the senate and the house of representatives this week. Not only did they vote against a Greens bill to set up a strong, independent national integrity commission, they applied the gag in the house and sent the bill off to the never-never.

The bill’s sponsor, the Greens’ Larissa Waters, said Morrison “could have legislated a corruption watchdog today, but instead continues to run a protection racket for big corporates and donors”. Attorney-General Christian Porter told parliament that, well within 12 months, he will come up with his draft bill for the Commonwealth Integrity Commission. If the commission is anything like the one flagged in the election campaign, it will be a toothless watchdog.

*It is almost an admission they have a lot to hide.

Bringing the “leftie”media coverage home was Peter Hartcher with easily the best piece of the weekend:

Illustration: John Shakespeare

Morrison himself was the first and only one to suggest there was any race element to the pursuit of Liu. And in doing so, he has done Beijing’s work for it.

To claim that any scrutiny of an ethnically Chinese person is racist is exactly the tactic of the Global Times and the other mouthpieces of the Chinese Communist Party.

In doing so, the Prime Minister has helped protect his MP but damaged his country’s ability to protect itself. It was a “profound error”, in the words of a senior Liberal, “that makes it much harder to scrutinise potential agents of influence in future”.

The Prime Minister won’t have any difficulty in telling Trump that, in this grand confrontation between the US and China, Australia is on America’s side.

Morrison needs to remind himself that he’s supposed to be on Australia’s side too.

Then Monday morning” leftie” New Daily also put the boot in:

“I have raised over $1 million for the party by organising events both large and small, centrally for the party as well as locally for MPs and candidates,” Ms Liu wrote.

But Ms Liu declined to answer questions about whether she acted as a go-between in organising the $105,000 Brighsun EV donation, whether it was for an auction or fundraising dinner she attended, or whether it related to a fundraising dinner at Melbourne restaurant Zinc, in 2015, attended by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“At all times, I have sought to comply with relevant state and federal disclosure laws,” she told The New Daily.

The mysterious donation has emerged after Ms Liu indicated she was conducting an audit of her involvements with Chinese organisations with links to Communist-backed foreign influence operations and her fundraising activities.

According to the Liberal Party, a company called Brighsun New Energy made a $105,000 donation in 2015-16 listed as “other”, rather than a cash donation, suggesting it was an auction item or a fundraising dinner.

In the same filings, Ms Liu is recorded as donating $39,000 but is listed as “other”, suggesting the funds were money for tickets to a fundraising dinner or an auction item rather than cash.

At the time of the $105,000 donation, Ms Liu worked for Brighsun as a communications director, organising media events that included Liberal frontbencher Greg Hunt who held the climate change portfolio at the time.

According to ASIC records, Brighsun Electrical Vehicles Group was registered in September 2015, and listed its current registered office to a house in Hidden Grove Boulevard, Keysborough, Victoria.

The company directors were Kejun Huang and Genjiang Zhang, two Chinese-born investors based in Zhejiang, China.

Around the same time of the donation, Brighsun’s CEO Kejun (Kevin) Huang was photographed with the former prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Ms Liu and Liberal frontbencher Mr Hunt also appear in photographs attending events highlighting the electric vehicles around the same period, that were used to promote the venture and on the Chinese company’s official website.

Brighsun group chair Allen Saylav, former climate change minister Greg Hunt, Brighsun director Kejun Huang and Gladys Liu. Photo: Brighsun
Mr Turnbull told The New Daily that he did not recall how he met Chinese businessman Mr Huang, or whether it was at a Liberal fundraiser.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office referred queries to Ms Liu’s office, which declined to address the substance of the questions on fundraising or the $105,000.

But the LNP and its media flunkies don’t care as the right wing community circles the wagons around a one seat majority whatever the cost to the national interest and their brand.

The Australian’s lack of coverage is the first shocker. Only Gerard Henderson and Alan Kohler didn’t get the memo to shut down the story but both offered apologist garbage.

Instead, The Australian headlined with an exhortation from Chinese interest, Kerry Stokes, for ScoMo to fulfill his Glady’s Liu charter and go to Beijing to grovel!

Billionaire businessman Kerry Stokes has urged Scott Morrison to visit Beijing and reset the relationship with President Xi Jinping amid heightened tensions over foreign interference, the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests and a damaging global trade conflict.

*The appeal from the Seven Group executive chairman comes as the Prime Minister prepares to visit the US next week, where he will attend a state dinner at the White House with Donald Trump, who has geared his trade and foreign policies around strategic competition with China.

It also ran a piece on the much less important and stale story of Labor bribes. The ALP deserves everything it gets. But Glady’s Liu is much more egregious to the national interest than is Ernest Wong and the silence on her was deafening.

The AFR gestured at a balanced piece but it could only find Gladys Liu supporters from those on the China payroll, which it published anyway:

Alistair Nicholas, chief executive of policy institute China Matters, says that while virtually all groups that want to engage with China have a connection to the Communist Party or some element of the government in Beijing, “most of them are quite innocuous”.

“They don’t really do much,” he says. “They have many people who are members, but all of them aren’t agents provocateurs.

“There may be individuals who think what they’re doing will impress someone back in Beijing, but they may not be doing Beijing’s bidding.”

*James Laurenceson, acting director of the University of Technology Sydney’s Australia-China Relations Institute (which was established in 2014, in part thanks to a $1.8 million gift from Huang) says the evidence Liu is treasonous is “threadbare”.

He points to comments Liu made in July where she said she backed the “passion and commitment” of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong (where she as born, leaving the mid-1980s to study in Australia) as evidence she is no mouthpiece for Beijing.

“What is she doing that is contrary to Australian interests?” he asks.

I won’t waste my breath on that.

*Finally, Andrew Bolt, who is playing a very admirable lone hand on the right, pointed to the horrible hypocrisy of right wing and pseudo libertarian fanboi, Sinclair Davidson. Then followed up Monday morning with another treason broadside for Morrison:

Prime Minister, you’re a hypocrite.

Once, you did not hesitate to call out a security threat, despite race-baiters claiming you’d insulted every member of their community.

Last year, you said Muslim clerics should watch out more for Islamist radicals, warning: “Their community is the one that’s being infiltrated … and it presents a real risk to the safety of Australia.”

Yet now you play the race card when Labor questions China’s infiltration. What changed?

If Morrison’s race card is a trump, we’re sitting ducks: racists if we resist China’s tyrants, slaves if we don’t.

Andrew Bolt’s slightly incredulous face. Picture: Sky News

It was an extraordinary new low in Australian politics last week as Gladys Liu divided and conquered the Australian national interest but there is some good to come from it.

*It’s about time the left got over race and, equally so, it’s great to see the right be exposed for the rabid treason it somehow sees as just getting ahead.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/09/gladys-liu-double-agent-divides-and-conquers/

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CH.NA attacks Australia with impunity …

From the comments …

“The only way to deal with this is straight forward. CHINA know that they are doing it, and they also know that we know they are doing it.

They will always outwardly deny it as we would when called on our own spies activities.

So the method to address it, is to actually address it. DFAT need to be educated that while CHINA play tough on trade politics they also only ever buy what they have to, they are never your friend, never have been and always remain completely selfish.

Most nations that are not naive like Australia, are the same. So while CHINA will make noises they still need our goods, or would be sourcing elsewhere, and you can see ‘vertical integration’ via foreign direct investment is always their aim (check the news today re the Bellamy’s buyout, yet another business making money for Oz will soon be foreign owned).

So DFAT need to accept they will keep buying until they can buy out. Thus whatever we say to them will raise their ire, but they will continue to buy.
Then we need to have some straight talk, tell the Chinese we know they are trying to infiltrate our nation, and that it needs to stop, and if not we will need to halt issuing VISAs to the Chinese until it does stop!”

Many of us believe Migration via the backdoor of Visa Manipulation should stop now!

John Zhang, (second from the left) with NSW Labor MLC Shaoquett Moselmane (far right) at a function at NSW Parliament in July 2018.

China attacks Australia with impunity

By Houses and Holes in Australian PoliticsChina American Cold War

September 16, 2019 | 34 comments

Still more fallout from Chinese influence today, this time Labor, at Domain:

A NSW Labor MP, who is linked to pro-China community organisations, hired a staffer who completed a propaganda training course in Beijing run by the Chinese Communist Party.

Upper house MLC Shaoquett Moselmane, who controversially gave a speech last year proclaiming a “new world order” was needed for China to reach its potential, appointed John Zhang to his parliamentary office at the beginning of 2019.

Mr Moselmane has taken nine privately-funded trips to China since entering Parliament in 2009. Disclosure records show his transport and hospitality costs were often met by Chinese government officials or agencies.

Mr Zhang is listed as a vice-chairman of Australia China Economics, Trade and Culture Association (ACETCA) on the organisation’s now-defunct website, which some China experts say has become a leading Chinese Communist Party-aligned organisation in Australia.

Come now, he’s just getting ahead.

In one way it’s started to bite, at The Australian:

Federal MPs have wound back travel to China on state-sponsored junkets amid concerns over foreign­ influence but continue to claim overseas-funded “study tours” paid for by governments includin­g Taiwan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco and Azerbaijan.

The Australian can reveal more than 100 MPs and senators have claimed sponsored overseas travel, including flights, accommod­ation, transport and meals, from foreign governments, lobby groups, think tanks and ­companies.

The audit of MPs’ sponsored travel between 2016 and this year shows parliamentarians continue to accept internationally funded trips, including airfares and accom­modation for partners, with limited requirements to outline their movements.

But in a more important sense it is worse than ever, via Herald Sun:

Andrew Bolt’s slightly incredulous face. Picture: Sky News

Andrew Bolt’s slightly incredulous face. Picture: Sky NewsSource:Supplied

Bolt’s accusations against China were clearly correct.

Its claims in the South China Sea have been ruled unlawful by the International Court of Arbitration, and Xi Jinping is a dictator in all but name.

So Ms Liu’s reluctance to agree with him was troubling. But not because she diverged from the government’s position. The real problem is that she didn’t.

Read the statement the Prime Minister’s Office reportedly helped her craft the next day…That carefully worded statement has one significant thing in common with Ms Liu’s answers to Bolt — it steadfastly avoids direct criticism of China.

…Ms Liu’s interview was undeniably a trainwreck, and she still has serious questions to answer. Who knows, she may end up losing her job.

But whatever happens to her, long after voters have forgotten her name, the broader issue here will remain.

Our politicians will still be reluctant to speak clearly about China’s flaws.

In the long run, that is more important than the fate of one MP.

Gladys Liu went on Andrew Bolt’s show on Monday night, and she did not have a good time. Picture: Sky News

Gladys Liu went on Andrew Bolt’s show on Monday night, and she did not have a good time. Picture: Sky NewsSource:Supplied

Amen to that. Especially since the Chinese Communist Party is attacking the democracy with impunity, via Reuters:

Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, five people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Australia’s cyber intelligence agency – the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) – concluded in March that China’s Ministry of State Security was responsible for the attack, the five people with direct knowledge of the findings of the investigation told Reuters.

The five sources declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue. Reuters has not reviewed the classified report.

The report, which also included input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, recommended keeping the findings secret in order to avoid disrupting trade relations with Beijing, two of the people said. The Australian government has not disclosed who it believes was behind the attack or any details of the report.

In response to questions posed by Reuters, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office declined to comment on the attack, the report’s findings or whether Australia had privately raised the hack with China. The ASD also declined to comment.

…The report, which also included input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, recommended keeping the findings secret in order to avoid disrupting trade relations with Beijing, two of the people said.

DFAT scum. Time to comment. Time to fight back. Whatever the CCP is going to do to us is coming regardless.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/09/china-attacks-australia-with-impunity/

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GLADYS LIU declines to explain her part in mysterious $105,000 DONATION!

Key Points … and why foreign political interference has ramifications for Australian technology, innovation and businesses … Our Economy!

Liu has declined to explain whether she acted as a go-between in organising $105,000 donation by Brighsun EV the Chinese-owned company she worked for, spruiking electric buses

ASIC records reveal Brighsun Electrical Vehicles Group was registered in September 2015; registered office, a house in Hidden Grove Boulevard, Keysborough, Victoria

company directors Kejun HUANG(?) and Genjiang Zhang, two Chinese-born investors based in Zhejiang, China

Liberal Party held a $1100-a-head event at Federation Square; items auctioned incl. dinners with Mr Turnbull and Julie Bishop

the dinners never happened following security concerns over the winning bidders

-the Liberal Party was forced to refund more than $300,000 – a claim that Ms Liu and the Liberal Party deny

Gladys Liu declines to explain her part in mysterious $105,000 donation

Gladys Liu $105,000 donation

Gladys Liu has declined to explain her involvement in a mysterious $105,000 donation to the Liberal Party. Photo: AAPEXCLUSIVE

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*Liberal MP Gladys Liu has declined to explain her involvement in a mysterious $105,000 donation to the Liberal Party by a Chinese-owned company she worked for, spruiking electric buses.

The donation, which was one of the largest from an individual company to the Victorian Liberal Party in 2015, is detailed in filings to the Australian Electoral Commission.

Known as the Liberal Party’s “million-dollar woman”, Ms Liu’s great success as party fundraiser prompted her to spruik her record when she sought preselection for the seat of Chisholm in 2019.

“I have raised over $1 million for the party by organising events both large and small, centrally for the party as well as locally for MPs and candidates,” Ms Liu wrote.

*But Ms Liu declined to answer questions about whether she , whether it was for an auction or fundraising dinner she attended, or whether it related to a fundraising dinner at Melbourne restaurant Zinc, in 2015, attended by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“At all times, I have sought to comply with relevant state and federal disclosure laws,” she told The New Daily.

The mysterious donation has emerged after Ms Liu indicated she was conducting an audit of her involvements with Chinese organisations with links to Communist-backed foreign influence operations and her fundraising activities.

According to the Liberal Party, a company called Brighsun New Energy made a $105,000 donation in 2015-16 listed as “other”, rather than a cash donation, suggesting it was an auction item or a fundraising dinner.

Gladys Liu declines to discuss donations from Brighsun
The 2015-16 political party disclosure return to the AEC showing Brighsun’s donation. Photo: AEC

In the same filings, Ms Liu is recorded as donating $39,000 but is listed as “other”, suggesting the funds were money for tickets to a fundraising dinner or an auction item rather than cash.

At the time of the $105,000 donation, Ms Liu worked for Brighsun as a communications director, organising media events that included Liberal frontbencher Greg Hunt who held the climate change portfolio at the time.

*According to ASIC records, Brighsun Electrical Vehicles Group was registered in September 2015, and listed its current registered office to a house in Hidden Grove Boulevard, Keysborough, Victoria.

*The company directors were Kejun Huang and Genjiang Zhang, two Chinese-born investors based in Zhejiang, China.

Around the same time of the donation, Brighsun’s CEO Kejun (Kevin) Huang was photographed with the former prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Gladys Liu refuses to disclose source of donations
Brighsun director Kejun (Kevin) Huang photographed with former prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull in 2016. Photo: Supplied

Ms Liu and Liberal frontbencher Mr Hunt also appear in photographs attending events highlighting the electric vehicles around the same period, that were used to promote the venture and on the Chinese company’s official website.

Gladys Liu declines to discuss donations from Brighsun
Brighsun group chair Allen Saylav, former climate change minister Greg Hunt, Brighsun director Kejun Huang and Gladys Liu. Photo: Brighsun

Mr Turnbull told The New Daily that he did not recall how he met Chinese businessman Mr Huang, or whether it was at a Liberal fundraiser.

*Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office referred queries to Ms Liu’s office, which declined to address the substance of the questions on fundraising or the $105,000.

*Ms Liu organised events to promote Brighsun electric buses in Melbourne in October 2015, securing a Guinness World Record for the bus travelling a whole day or interstate without having to find somewhere to recharge.

“We believe it will bring a whole new concept of public transport with no pollution to Australia and to the world,” Ms Liu said.

*The Liberal Party held a $1100-a-head event at Federation Square in the same month, that was said to have raised $750,000 for the party’s Victorian division.

*Among the items auctioned at the event were dinners with Mr Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that sold for more than $100,000 each to private donors.

Ms Liu was unable to confirm whether or not Brighsun EV representatives attended this dinner or bid on any auction items.

*The Herald Sun has previously reported the winning bids for the dinners with Mr Turnbull and Ms Bishop came from two tables brought to the function by Ms Liu.

*The newspaper reported that the dinners never happened after intelligence agencies raised security concerns over the winning bidders, and the Liberal Party was forced to refund more than $300,000 – a claim that Ms Liu and the Liberal Party deny.

Liberal frontbencher Stuart Robert said Ms Liu was double-checking her declarations on donations and past links to organisations.

“The issue isn’t the quantum, the issue is the declaration. Transparency is important in our democracy,” Mr Robert told Sky News.

“I’m satisfied that she is going through her associations. She’s double-checking that to ensure that they are declared or that she removed herself from them,” he said.

But Labor leader Anthony Albanese said she would make a full statement to Parliament and called on the Prime Minister Scott Morrison to stop implying that questions about Ms Liu’s activities were “racist”.

“It was quite outrageous last week that he said this issue was about race,” Mr Albanese said.

“The only person who has said that this is about race is the Prime Minister.

“Australia has national security issues. The fact is these have to be debated soberly. They need to be debated in a way that is mature.

“And what we see from the Prime Minister is trying to hide scrutiny from the same bloke who referred to ‘Shanghai Sam’ [Dastyari] on no less than 17 different occasions.”

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Gladys Liu controversy holds a potent reminder for Scott Morrison, but is he listening?

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Gladys Liu controversy holds a potent reminder for Scott Morrison, but is he listening?

7.30 By Laura Tingle

Updated Sat 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Scott Morrison holds Gladys Liu's arm in the air as he points to her with his other hand. MPs behind are smiling and clapping

PHOTO: Scott Morrison celebrates with Gladys Liu after her first speech in Federal Parliament. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)

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It has been dark days for the Labor Party since the federal election; physically getting through the shock of a loss, trying to absorb just what message the election result gives it for where it goes next.

Everyone has advice for the new leader Anthony Albanese about what he should be doing, or not doing.

And if that wasn’t hard enough, there is the spectre of the ICAC hearings in NSW, with all the seedy revelations about money in plastic bags, and people with dodgy recollections of events.

A smug Government went into that rarity of 2019 — an actual parliamentary sitting — this week boasting of how it was going to wedge Labor.

“I like to set them tests when we come back to Parliament,” the Prime Minister told the NSW Liberal state council last weekend.

“Because I’m just trying to help. I know they’re struggling to work out who they are and what they’re about, so I just thought I should ask them a few questions every time we come to Parliament.”

The obsession with Labor must have looked good on paper; kick ’em while they are down, throw out a few “values” messages along the way about dole bludgers and being tough on sex offenders.

When as a government you don’t have a huge agenda of your own, and the economy is wobbly, the strategy might make sense.

But whatever the flaws of our Parliament, it rarely allows best-laid plans to play out as intended.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.VIDEO: Scott Morrison lambasts Labor over Gladys Liu questions (ABC News)

Money-maker turned MP

The week ended with not so much focus on Labor’s problems as the thorny issues surrounding Government MP Gladys Liu — with her past associations with organisations linked to the Chinese Communist Party and her staggering capacity to raise funds for the Liberal Party.How the ABC first reported Gladys Liu’s links to a secretive Chinese influence network
Ties linking new Federal Liberal MP Gladys Liu to a secretive international influence arm of the Chinese Government were uncovered by the ABC earlier this year.

While the spectre of Chinese interference raised by Ms Liu’s past connections raises troubling issues, the extraordinary amounts of money she was able to raise from the Chinese community for the Liberal Party should not be overlooked amid the frisson about intelligence agency warnings and national security questions.

You don’t have to look further than Ms Liu’s own sales pitch to the Liberal Party for evidence of that fundraising capacity.

On Thursday, the ABC published extracts of Ms Liu’s preselection application to the party.

In the application, Ms Liu claimed to have raised more than $1 million for the Liberal Party by organising functions or bringing guests to fundraising dinners.

At a function in October 2015 she said she supplied guests for five VIP tables at a total cost of $50,000. Those guests then bid for auction items, which Ms Liu said helped the dinner exceed its estimated revenue by $400,000.

At an April 2016 federal election dinner, Ms Liu said she supplied 10 VIP tables that raked in $100,000 for the Liberal Party and “introduced high-value business and community leaders”.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.VIDEO: Ms Liu says her name may have been added to records without her knowledge (courtesy Sky News: The Bolt Report) (ABC News)

Victim or operator?

Apart from anything else, Ms Liu’s job application shows her at the least as a more than competent and determined political operator — and a long way removed from the picture of a victim who had overcome obstacles being painted of her by the Prime Minister at the end of the week.

There are plenty of other anecdotes about other big fundraising events, though the mystery is always how you tally them against the much more benign-looking formats of disclosure on the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Apart from anything else, of course, the spectre of oodles of political donations— even if legitimately documented and recorded — raises the question of what people think they are buying with such huge amounts of money.

And in turn, that makes the underlying question of what has been happening in the Liberal Party in Victoria not all that different from NSW, even if there have not been Aldi plastic bags full of cash involved.

And here we are, once again, back at the point where both major political parties are compromised and a federal integrity commission is still not a first-order issue.

Albanese points at a print out of the front page of the Sunday Telegraph

PHOTO: Anthony Albanese is one of the sharpest parliamentary tacticians of recent times. (ABC News: Adam Kennedy)

A different worldview

It may not come as a surprise to you to discover that politicians see the world differently to the way you do. They see different opportunities. They see the power of imagery and tactics differently too.

Nowhere is that more true than on the floor of the Parliament.

So when Mr Albanese asked the Prime Minister a question on Tuesday about the Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, and his apparent failure to declare that he was representing his own private interests when lobbying the Environment Department on an issue, Mr Morrison unleashed on the Opposition Leader.

“Not only is every assertion that he’s just put to this place totally and absolutely false, but the Liberal Party and the National Party will not be lectured by someone who used to work in the NSW branch of the Labor Party”, he yelled.

“He had a desk in the office in the Sussex Street headquarters of a party that stinks of corruption, where they get money in plastic bags and count it out on the table.”

And so it went on amid general uproar.It’s not racist to ask questions of Liu
The Government playing the race card on questions about Gladys Liu was both wrong and foolish, writes Michelle Grattan

“With the number of Labor Party members from the NSW division who used to serve in Senator Keneally’s former government that are in jail, you could establish a branch of the Labor Party at the Silverwater prison”, Mr Morrison continued.

The conversation across the table between leaders amid such uproar is usually unheard or recorded, but is always enlightening.

Yes, Mr Albanese did work at Sussex Street. But he was the assistant secretary from the ALP Left, in an organisation which has seen the party’s Right in all its most unattractive forms, dominate for decades.

Just surviving that experience sets you up for almost any other form of bruising political encounter and Mr Albanese just egged the Prime Minister on as he yelled in the House of Representatives the other day.

“You really want to do this,” was the import of the message, “because we are better at this than you are”.

Labor counts it as a win

From Labor’s perspective, Mr Morrison’s outburst was a win. The images of an angry, snarling Prime Minister were a rare break in the dorky dad image he has worked so hard to cultivate.

The next day, it chose to ask a series of questions about Ms Liu which it knew would be ruled out of order, and therefore not answered, but which put some of the allegations against the Liberal MP on the parliamentary record.

It was all brutal tactics, just much more savage than Mr Morrison’s unwisely telegraphed wedges.

When the odds are stacked against you, you fight where you can. This week has shown the Prime Minister learning that whatever Labor’s many woes, he is up against one of the sharpest parliamentary tacticians of recent times.

And the pressure over Ms Liu not only consumes oxygen and blurs distinctions but is a potent reminder that his majority in the Parliament is not as large as the Coalition’s post-election hubris would suggest.

If only the Government had something of actual substance to talk about.

Laura Tingle is 7.30’s chief political correspondent.

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Suspected spy federal MP Gladys Liu to front High Court of Australia next week accused of electoral fraud

GLADYS LIU

Suspected spy federal MP Gladys Liu to front High Court of Australia next week accused of electoral fraud

BY SHANE DOWLING ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 • ( 3 COMMENTS )

The High Court of Australia will hear allegations next Wednesday (18/9/19) that suspected spy Gladys Liu was involved in electoral fraud in her seat of Chisholm at the 2019 election so it looks like Liu’s bad run in the media is about to get a whole lot worse. From what I can see it is an open and shut case of electoral fraud and Gladys Liu will be facing a by-election soon but more on that in a minute.

Scott Morrison says that Gladys Liu had one bad interview but that is a garden variety Scott Morrison lie as Liu has a lot of questions to answer and the issue is far greater than just Gladys Liu anyhow. Chinese interference in Australian politics has been going on for years as all the Chinese political donation scandals over the last 5 years or so have shown.

Gladys Liu’s hidden links to Chinese government bodies was first raised by the ABC on the 16th of August 2019 in an article titled “Australian Liberal MP Gladys Liu’s links to secretive United Front Chinese influence arm” but for some reason it never received much media attention until Andrew Bolt interviewed Gladys Liu this week and it has been driven hard by all media, including News Corp, since.

It is odd for News Corp to run stories that do damage to the Liberal Party but their motivation might have more to do with the fact that former News Corp journalist Anthony Klan resigned from the company in May 2019 and tweeted when he left: “a month ago I resigned from The Australian after 15 years. I had, and have, serious misgivings about the direction that is now being taken. Australia faces unprecedented external threats. To do otherwise, I felt, would be treasonous.”

Mr Klan has since written 2 articles outing a secret deal between Virgin Airlines and Chinese Communist Party linked companies which Mr Klan said News Corp played a part in trying to cover it up. The first article was titled “Mayday: two shadowy Chinese corporations behind Virgin’s plan to control Australian airbase” and the second article published this week (12/9/19) is titled “How Premier and News Corp muzzled Virgin’s secret China flight school story

Some have tried to downplay the Chinese government’s influence and attempted influence in Australia but you don’t have to look far to realize it is on the rise. The retiring ASIO chief  Duncan Lewis said recently that “state espionage and foreign interference poses an “existential threat” to Australia in a way that extremist terrorism does not.”

Scott Morrison played the racism card to try and stop the Liu scandal gaining traction, as per the below video, and implied the Labor Party is full of racists for raising issues about Gladys Liu but that has backfired as half the country want answers and we aren’t all Labor voters.

The response to Scott Morrison’s dodgy claims is best said by federal Labor Party Senator Penny Wong in the below video who’s background is reported on Wikipedia as being “born in Malaysia to an Australian mother and Malaysian father ” and the “first Asian-born member of an Australian cabinet”.

A question was put to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday (13/9/19) about the racism allegation as per the below video: “Prime Minister why was it racist to question Gladys Liu’s connections to China but it wasn’t racist to call Sam Dastyari ‘Shanghai Sam’?” the reporter asked. For his response Morrison went straight to page one of his playbook which said lie, lie and lie some more.

The current position of most voters would be what independent MP Rebekha Sharkie said in parliament on the issue on Thursday the 12/9/19. “If the Member for Chisholm has nothing to hide, if the Member for Chisholm has nothing to fear, then she will come to this place and make a statement” as per the below video.

Liberal Party leaks

The greatest issue facing both Gladys Liu and Scott Morrison is not what the Labor Party are or aren’t saying but leaks that are coming from within the Liberal Party. Over the last couple of days it has been revealed that Gladys Liu:

  1. Did not disclose membership of Chinese Government-linked organisations before Liberal Party preselection which had to have come from someone in the Liberal Party as the article has a copy of her Liberal Party preselection form. (Click here to read more)
  2. Lui pushed an unusual motion within the Liberal Party to relax foreign investment laws prior to her becoming a federal MP. Again, this leak had to come from someone within the Liberal Party.
  3. Liu in her preselection application, boasted of having raised more than $1 million for the Liberal Party at a series of dinners where VIP guests bought seats for $1,000 each. “However, in February 2018, ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis gave advice that then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull should not attend a function organised by Ms Liu in Chisholm because of concerns about the guests invited to the event. (Click here to read more)

Add the Liberal Party leaks to other allegations that Gladys Liu is not properly declaring donations and running dirty trick campaigns online at the last election etc then a huge problem is growing for Liu and the Liberal Party.

Another issue is a company called AUSTRALIAN ACCESS CAPITAL COMPANY PTY. LTD.  which Gladys Liu is the sole director and shareholder as per ASIC records. Yet Liu failed to declare it on her parliamentary declaration of interests until mid-August 2019 and “that is around the time media were beginning to probe her business affairs and associations” tweeted Senator Rex Patrick who uncovered the problem.

Senator Patrick also pointed out that Gladys Liu was also involved in legal proceedings with the company in 2016 so it was a massive oversight not to declare it on the parliamentary declaration of interests. A quick search and the court matter was Australian Access Capital Company Pty Ltd v Orio Mortgage Finance Company Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 534 (16 May 2016) where Liu was awarded roughly $1.8 million for some financial deal gone wrong with a finance company from what I can gather. The judgment has little detail on what the actual issue was and does not say whether Liu ever received the many as paragraph 24 of the judgment suggests the owner of the finance company went bankrupt.

What is a bigger issue for voters is what did the company actually do and why didn’t she declare it until mid-August 2019. Two other curious aspects of the company are that it was registered in 2008 but also cancelled it’s ABN in 2008 which seems odd and also that on the 1st of August 2019 Gladys Liu made an application to ASIC to deregister the company which is about two weeks before she declared it in parliament. Maybe by then the media had already started snooping and Gladys Liu panicked? The company sounds like a slush fund / money laundering front to me which might explain why she cancelled the ABN in 2008.

To my knowledge, only very small companies can trade with no ABN, which if that is the case then how did Liu manage to get a court judgment in her favour for $1.8 million which suggests it is a reasonably large company. Maybe an accountant reading this might be able to have a better-educated guess of how the company did or didn’t work and could write it in the comment section below.

Senator Rex Patrick is pushing for a “parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s relations with China” in part because of the Gladys Liu scandal and I think a lot of voters would support that. It must be remembered that Sam Dastyari only resigned on the 25th of January 2018 “because he took bribes off Chinese government officials and was caught committing treason by warning a Chinese official that his phone might be tapped by the Australian spy agency ASIO.” And in June 2018 federal Labor Party Senator Kristina Keneally was accused of being a puppet for Bob Carr for the benefit of China. (Click here to read more)

High Court of Australia problem for Liu and the Liberal Party

The High Court of Australia, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns which hears challenges regarding the validity of federal elections, will hear directions on Wednesday 18/9/19 for the challenge against the elections of Gladys Liu and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Both are being challenged for electoral fraud.

The ABC reported:

The challenges centre on Chinese-language Liberal Party posters that appeared at voting booths on election day, which they said were designed to deceive voters.

The posters, which featured the AEC’s distinctive purple and white colouring and were written in Chinese, instructed voters at polling stations that the “correct way to vote” was to place a “1” next to the name of the Liberal candidate on the ballot paper.

They were officially authorised by the Liberal Party’s Victorian state director in small text at the bottom of the poster.

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The AEC has previously ruled the posters were not in breach of the Electoral Act because they were properly authorised and the AEC “does not own the colour purple”.

But the applications argued the posters were deceptive because they led voters to believe that “in order to cast a valid vote, the number ‘1’ had to be placed on the green ballot paper that was next to the Liberal candidate”. (Click here to read more)

Gladys Liu and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will struggle to win the High Court challenge to the validity of their election wins with the likely outcome of 2 by-elections. But we’ll wait and see what the High Court judges decide.

Scott Morrison and the coalition only hold power with a 2 seat majority and if Gladys Liu is forced to resign or the High Court order a by-election the chance is good that Labor will win Liu’s seat of Chisholm given Liu only won it by 1000 votes in 2019 and that is what Morrison is most worried about.

Senator Rex Patrick is right, we do need a parliamentary inquiry because as I said at the beginning of this article the issue is a lot bigger than just Gladys Liu and covers all sides of politics. The Labor Party forced Sam Dastyari to resign and Scott Morrison needs to take tougher action with Gladys Liu and at the very least force Liu to address all the issues in a statement to the parliament.

This scandal won’t be going away anytime soon with the next stop federal parliament on Monday where Gladys Liu will be sure to get a grilling and then she’s off to the High Court of Australia on Wednesday for the directions hearing for the electoral fraud allegations.

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Chinese owners ordered to rehabilitate Yakka Munga cattle station in the Kimberley

IS this the sort of foreign investment we need?

IS this the sort of corporate behaviour we suffer before something happens?

WHEN will safeguards be in place to ensure this sort of vandalism can’t happen?

IS this yet another case of a foreign investor ignoring the laws of Australia?

SHOULDN’t a fine automatically apply? Are we to believe it will be substantial, and payment pursued?

Chinese owners ordered to rehabilitate Yakka Munga cattle station in the Kimberley

ABC Kimberley By Claire Moodie

14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Image of land cleared on a remote cattle station in the Kimberley. The cleared land stretches towards the horizon.

PHOTO: Some of the land cleared at Yakka Munga cattle station, near Derby in the Kimberley (Supplied)

RELATED STORY: ‘Complete disregard for ecosystems’: Tougher penalties plea over Kimberley land clearing

RELATED STORY: Chinese company ordered to stop land clearing on Kimberley cattle station after Aboriginal blockade

RELATED STORY: Indigenous protesters take on Chinese company in land clearing blockade

RELATED STORY: Cattle company, native title holders do battle over land clearing at Yakka Munga Station

The West Australian Government has ordered the Chinese owners of Yakka Munga cattle station in the Kimberley to rehabilitate the site, after a land-clearing scandal.

Key points:

  • Traditional owners have welcomed a ruling forcing a Chinese-owned company to rehabilitate Yakka Munga station
  • Native title holders had blockaded the station in the Kimberley in a bid to stop land clearing
  • The company, Zenith Australia, could face a fine of $500,000 for clearing without a permit

Zenith Australia Investment Holding, a major land-holder in Australia, was ordered to stop work at Yakka Munga, near Derby, in June, after Aboriginal native title holders blockaded the station gates.

The Nyikina Mangala people were angry that they had not been consulted about the clearing of 120 hectares of native vegetation.

WA’s Pastoral Lands Board issued a default notice giving the company until the end of November to carry out remediation work.

VIDEO: Aerial view of land-clearing at Yakka Munga station in the Kimberley (ABC News)

No application for a permit

Pastoral Lands Board chairman Tim Shackleton said the company had been ordered to restore the entire 120 hectares to its natural state —a process that could take years.

He said that in the interim important steps had to be taken to prevent soil erosion, including refilling two excavated channels and building up to forty diversion barriers, to divert rain water from the site.

“The big issue here is that water during the wet season will flow heavily through that cleared area and scour out and remove the topsoil.

“What we know now is that there is an 11-metre fall between the north-east corner and the south-west corner of that site.

“And, unfortunately, you can imagine the result will be that water will move through there very quickly and damage the landscape even more.”

Mr Shackleton said Zenith had been trying to find ways to make their business viable and keep their cattle fed and watered.

“We totally get innovation and entrepreneurial activity within the pastoral industry,” he said.

“Unfortunately that land was cleared without notice to any of the government agencies involved and without an application for a permit.”

Traditional owners not consulted

man in red cap holding up sign, sitting on chair in middle of dirt road

PHOTO: Traditional owner Kenny Watson was among the protesters outside the gates of Yakka Munga. (ABC Kimberley: Claire Moodie )

Traditional owner Wayne Bergmann said the decision to order Zenith to fix the land was the right one.

“I take my hat off to the [government] department for actually following through and fulfilling its statutory mandate to ensure this land is put back they way it should be,” Mr Bergmann said.

However, Mr Bergmann added that he was disappointed that traditional owners had not been consulted over how the land should be rehabilitated.

“Yakka Munga forms part of a land area that has been undisturbed for thousands of years,” Mr Bergmann said.

“It’s our cultural and environmental values that have been disturbed.

“Certain trees, certain vegetation has been damaged and that needs to be re-created.

“It’s not a matter of just pushing the dirt back.

“There is still unfinished business.

“We’ve made a complaint under the Aboriginal Heritage Act and we’re unaware what stage that is at.”

Image of police officers speaking to protesters on the road to an isolated cattle station.

PHOTO: WA Police speaking with Nyikina Mangala protesters at their protest line. (ABC Kimberley: Claire Moodie)

Zenith Australia Investment Holding has been contacted for comment.

The company is also being investigated under the Environmental Protection Act and could face a fine of up to $500,000 for clearing without a permit.

It has argued that it didn’t need a permit because the work to build a stock watering channel, roads and fences was essential to the operation of its pastoral lease.

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Gladys Liu’s Liberal Party branch called to relax foreign investment laws before she became federal MP

IF you want a demonstration that Gladys is batting for the ‘other team’ what more proof do you need?

WITH actual documents that showed that Gladys Liu was pushing for a change in policy when it came to foreign investment … it’s clear that her interests were not that of Australia

WILL she tart that up as getting rid of regulations to encourage foreign investment?

Gladys Liu’s Liberal Party branch called to relax foreign investment laws before she became federal MP

By Dan Oakes, ABC Investigations

14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Liberal candidate for Chisholm Gladys Liu speaks with campaign posters in the background.

PHOTO: Gladys Liu has faced a week of scrutiny over her links to Chinese Government-affiliated organisations. (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

RELATED STORY: More controversy builds around besieged MP Gladys Liu

RELATED STORY: Liberal MP Gladys Liu’s ties to Chinese Government influence network revealed

RELATED STORY: Guests on Gladys Liu list for Malcolm Turnbull event sparked ASIO concerns

Gladys Liu’s Liberal Party branch pushed an unusual motion within the Liberal Party to relax foreign investment laws prior to her becoming a federal MP.

Key points:

  • Gladys Liu was involved in a motion calling to ease foreign investment laws relating to agricultural land and agribusinesses
  • The motion also said attitudes toward foreign investment were fuelled by xenophobia
  • It was moved at a state Liberal Party conference in 2017, prior to Ms Liu becoming a Federal MP

*At the 2017 Victorian Liberal Party conference, the party’s Eastern Multicultural Branch, of which Ms Liu was the president, proposed a motion that would make foreign investment in agribusiness and agricultural land easier without approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.*

It also accused public attitudes toward foreign investment as being driven by xenophobia.

The motion, obtained by the ABC, called for the raising of the $15 million screening threshold for agricultural land and the $55 million threshold for agribusiness. Any investment above these levels must be approved by the board.

“The current screening thresholds are too low and create unnecessary bureaucracy and costs when dealing with foreign investment,” the motion read.

“The capital value of agricultural land and agribusiness investments particularly in Northern Australia are well above these thresholds and need to be set at levels that will allow normal transactions to proceed.

The threshold for agricultural land remains at $15 million, while the threshold for agribusiness has subsequently been raised to $58 million.

The motion also called for the Federal Government to “address the xenophobia that is current in the Australian community regarding foreign investment”.

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The ABC could not confirm whether the motion was carried or voted down. Ms Liu did not respond to questions about why the motion was put forward.

Motion was out of step with party attitudes

Scott Morrison holds Gladys Liu's arm in the air as he points to her with his other hand. MPs behind are smiling and clapping

PHOTO: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has supported Gladys Liu throughout her controversial first few months as an MP. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)

The subject of foreign investment in agricultural land and agribusiness has been the subject of fierce debate.

In 2015, the Federal Government, then led by Tony Abbott, toughened its approach to foreign investment, slashing the threshold for approval of foreign investment in agricultural land from $252 million to $15 million.

Six months before the motion was moved at the Victorian Liberal conference, then deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce gave a speech to the National Farmers Federation in which he warned foreign ownership of agricultural land was a threat to patriotism and national sovereignty.

How the ABC first reported Gladys Liu’s links to a secretive Chinese influence network

How the ABC first reported Gladys Liu's links to a secretive Chinese influence network

Ties linking new Federal Liberal MP Gladys Liu to a secretive international influence arm of the Chinese Government were uncovered by the ABC earlier this year.

Ms Liu’s membership in a number of organisations linked to the Chinese Government’s propaganda and foreign influence efforts have been the subject of furious debate this week.

Ms Liu has admitted being a member of some organisations, but suggested that she might have been appointed to positions without her knowledge.

The ABC revealed that Ms Liu was a council member of two chapters of the China Overseas Exchange Association, an arm of Beijing’s powerful State Council, the Chinese government’s central political and administrative body.

Ms Liu has also held honorary positions in a number of other organisations linked to the Chinese government’s United Front activities, which seek to expand its influence in foreign countries.

Ms Liu has previously said she was an honorary chairman of one of these organisations because of her desire to facilitate trade between Australia and Hong Kong.

The ABC also revealed that Ms Liu had failed to disclose her membership of any of these groups when she ran for preselection for the seat of Chisholm, which she won at the last federal election.

In her preselection application, she boasted of having raised more than $1 million for the Liberal Party at a series of dinners where VIP guests bought seats for $1,000 each.

However, in February 2018, ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis gave advice that then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull should not attend a function organised by Ms Liu in Chisholm because of concerns about the guests invited to the event.

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-14/gladys-liu-was-part-of-calls-to-ease-of-foreign-investment-laws/11511500

HOW A Secret China Flight School Story has been Muzzled!

Key Points … About Beryl’s office suppressing a story in the national media on the eve of the NSW March state election

Virgin Australia secret partnership with 2 Chinese conglomerates to build a flight training school at a former RAAF facility in Tamworth NSW

revelations of apparent direct interference in the media by the Liberal NSW Government, to the benefit of a Chinese conglomerate

Virgin Australia is majority foreign-owned; over 41% held by Chinese entities, including HNA Group, the operator of Hainan airlines

NSW Government had months earlier committed to provide the project with $100s thousands of taxpayer funds if the project was approved by FIRB

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Can it be the Libs are up to their eyeballs with the CCP?

How Premier and News Corp muzzled Virgin’s secret China flight school story

by Anthony Klan — 12 September 2019 — FeaturedFinance

How Premier and News Corp muzzled Virgin’s secret China flight school story

Photo: Virgin PR for pilot project. No mention of Chinese partners

The NSW Government interfered in the media to shut down a story involving a secret pilot training facility backed by powerful Chinese companies. *

It had earlier denied knowledge of the aviation project despite promising to commit taxpayer funds to it. *

Anthony Klan reports.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s office intervened to suppress a story in the national media on the eve of the NSW March state election.*

The story, about Virgin Australia’s plans for a mega flight school to train Chinese pilots near Tamworth, revealed the secret Chinese interests behind the Virgin bid.

The full investigation has since been published here.

On the morning of Friday March 22, The Australian newspaper’s website broke the news that Virgin Australia had a secret partnership with two Chinese conglomerates to build a flight training school at a former RAAF facility in Tamworth NSW.

*Virgin’s partners included its 19.9 per cent shareholder HNA Group, a company which experts say presents serious national security concerns. The Premier’s then media adviser Miles Godfrey, contacted this reporter early that afternoon repudiating the story but refusing to provide any official comment.

Instead of responding to questions, Godfrey said he had earlier “called John Lehmann”, the Editor of The Australian newspaper.

Despite the substance of the article,  no further updates to the story appeared in The Australian after Godfrey spoke to Lehmann. The original story remained online but never made it into the newspaper.

This was despite this reporter filing several updates, including a comment by the local MP Barnaby Joyce that he had “no idea” of the Chinese involvement in the proposal and comments from a “gobsmacked” former chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Administration, Dick Smith.*

The Australian has not published a word on the matter in the five months since.

Revolving doors

One week after the NSW election, Godfrey began in a new role as deputy national chief of staff at The Australian.

The revelations of apparent direct interference in the media by the Liberal NSW Government, to the benefit of a Chinese conglomerate with close ties to the Communist Party, come as the federal Coalition comes under fire amid another CCP-linked scandal.*

This week it was revealed federal MP Gladys Liu had been a member of Chinese Communist Party-linked organisations and had publicly called for Australia’s media to soften its coverage in relation to the Chinese government.*

On Sky News on Monday, Ms Liu denied the claims, but under strong pressure the MP was later forced to backtrack.

In a highly unusual move, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office has taken control of Ms Liu’s media communications.*

Ms Berejiklian has consistently refused to comment when repeatedly approached by this reporter over the past five months.

One of her spokesmen, Matthew Sun, repeatedly declined to say when Ms Berejiklian first became aware of the Chinese involvement in the Tamworth mega-project.*

However Sun distanced the NSW government from the project entirely, and said it was a matter for Tamworth Council.

“Tamworth Regional Council independently made an agreement with Virgin Australia regarding the proposed Tamworth flight school,” Sun said in a written statement.

“There was no NSW Government involvement in that specific decision.”

Virgin Australia is majority foreign-owned with over 41 per cent of the company is held by Chinese entities, including HNA Group, the operator of Hainan airlines.

Other shareholders include Singapore Airlines and Bahrain’s Etihad Airlines.

In the week following the election, on 28 March, Godfrey called this reporter to inform of his upcoming new role at The Australian. He was to become one of my bosses. He said he now had a “conflict of interest”, so one of his colleagues would deal with queries over the aviation facility in future.

It agreed Godfrey’s continuing to handle the matter would be improper. However, after I insisted on obtaining answers to the questions put to Berejiklian, Godfrey responded, rather than any of his colleagues.

Later on the afternoon of March 28, I again indicated by email that he had no intention of dropping the story, Godfrey – and not any of his colleagues – called again to argue points of the story, but refused to provide any comment from Berejiklian or to answer simple questions regarding the story.

On the March 22, NSW election eve, Godfrey had also said Berejiklian could not comment on the Virgin Australia scandal because “this is the first we’ve heard of it”.*

It has since emerged the NSW Government had months earlier committed to provide the project with hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds if the project was approved by FIRB.*

As reported earlier, the local council said, when questioned over the deal, it had no knowledge although the official position of the Council later changed to insist it knew all along.

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Anthony Klan is an Investigative journalist specialising in corporate malfeasance and corruption. Klan’s investigations into the likes of superannuation, Google Australia, financial planning and Pink Batts have informed government policy and brought reform in Australia.

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