Chinese embassy hits out at visa delays …

IT appears the Chinese students have called on their Embassy to push their demands … view this earlier report:

Chinese students accuse Australia of ‘politically motivated’ visa delays

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Based on the evidence to date this intimidation from the Chinese embassy warrants rejection!

AND isn’t this criticism from the embassy a ‘bit rich’ in view of China’s torture of Yang Hengjun?

MEANWHILE … Australian society is at risk from the current deadly outbreak of a coronavirus related to Sars that could lead to a pandemic in view of the thousands of Vibrants flying here weekly!

A major concern is that the Scomo government proposes to outsource Visa processing!


‘Great concern’: Chinese embassy hits out at visa delays

Nick Bonyhady
By Nick Bonyhady

January 19, 2020

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The Chinese embassy has raised its “great concern” with the Australian government that hundreds of Chinese PhD students hoping to start their studies here have endured long visa delays.

“The reasons for the delays have not been clearly explained,” an embassy spokesman told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age via email. “We have raised this issue with relevant Australian agencies. We will continue to do that and hope it could be properly addressed.”

Chinese researchers are frustrated and angry that their visas are delayed.
Chinese researchers are frustrated and angry that their visas are delayed.CREDIT:PETER BRAIG

Australian experts have warned about the risk of Chinese researchers’ work here being applied in ways that are contrary to Australia’s interests when the researchers return home to China, and the United States is increasingly competing with China in the academic sphere.

Against that backdrop a group of about 230 Chinese students, who have connected on social media platforms, said they had been waiting months — and in some cases more than a year — longer than normal for a visa.

*Most of them are studying in the science, technology, engineering, maths and medical fields, with many supported by scholarships.

The delays have prevented them taking up jobs, separated couples and cost some students their scholarships, the students said. Using publicly available visa processing data, the students said Chinese postgraduate students were less likely to get their visas than applicants from other countries.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Home Affairs disputed those claims. “The [students’] analysis … uses incorrect methodologies to draw conclusions from Home Affairs data,” the spokeswoman said.

Chinese international students are subject to the same requirements as other students, the spokeswoman said, and applicants are overwhelmingly likely to get their visa. Processing times for Chinese students, which includes undergraduates, are no longer on average than those for other students.

How long students wait depends on a “complexity of assessments in relation to health, character and national security requirements,” the spokeswoman said.

Chi Ming, whose long-term girlfriend’s visa has been delayed since August, forcing her to reapply for a scholarship, said his partner’s life was in limbo while she waited to hear whether she could come to Australia.


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“During this waiting period, since you have no idea when the result will be released, you cannot be involved in a long term job,” said Chi Ming, who declined to give his real name due to concerns his girlfriend’s application might suffer.

Some of the students said they were afraid they were caught in the middle of a geopolitical conflict.

A geologist who has been waiting for more than a year for his visa said he was afraid an element of his work involving natural uranium reactions in stone had been misinterpreted as having nuclear applications.

But, the geologist said, “it’s just to count how many fission tracks are in the stone to tell you how old is the stone”.

*John Fitzgerald, a China expert at Swinburne University, said Australia was right to carefully scrutinise the research students it allows into the country because the Chinese government selects students to go overseas through its scholarship programs whose research interests align with its priorities.

“It’s not just about defence at all, it’s also about geo-strategic competition on innovation,” Professor Fitzgerald said.

Jia Xu, another student who spoke under a pseudonym and is hoping to study at Monash University, said he appreciated Australia could reject his application for its own reasons. But he is angry the government has provided so little information on the progress of his application, beyond a status in an online account.

“Even though they have the right to reject me, they just let me wait and didn’t tell me any reasons,” Mr Xu said.

Nick Bonyhady

Nick is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army doing winter drills in 2016.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army doing winter drills.CREDIT:AP




Fancy cars, luxury brands and multimillion-dollar property: Agents ready for New Year ..

TELL US … aside from the Coalition disdain shown for Climate Change … what else could be crucial for everyone?

IS it putting a shrimp on the Bar-B? Prince Andrew … the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

HAVE you noticed where we live is changing … with new neighbours from Beijing, Hohhot, Qingdao, Shanghai …

AS more cottages are being demolished for duplex … McMansions and granny flats … Beamers and Mercs are parked in the street …

FROM Freefall to Housing Boom in 2019!

WHAT happened? In a nutshell in October 2018 prior to the May Election Scomo and Co exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from the Second Tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws …

Then ran the fear and lies campaigns

DID you miss this? This sleight of hand …

The Libs won the May Election …

The Real Estate Sector … Ray White included boosted their ranks with Chinese ‘Specialists’ in 2019

Like Victor Sheu now an Associate Director, a bilingual commercial specialist, a conduit between Western Sydney and the Asian market, introducing HNW investors and developers to local opportunities

THAT seems to explain why residents are finding flyers in their letterboxes

like this! Highlighting a dedicated China Desk, and listings on

AND have you seen FOR SALE signs with Chinese Real Estate Agents?

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Fancy cars, luxury brands and multimillion-dollar property: agents ready for Chinese New Year

Samantha Hutchinson
By Samantha Hutchinson

Sydney’s luxury property agents are bringing forward listings and spending up on fancy cars to impress international clients on the eve of Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year is an annual high point in the local sales calendar but has lost steam since mid-2016 as a result of tighter restrictions on foreign ownership.

CAAN: Can you believe it? What happened was CHINA imposed capital controls to stop money leaving China at that time …

How can small percentage fees imposed by Australian State Governments … increasing by a mere 1 or 2% …. have any impact on people of High Net Worth? Seriously?

Sotheby’s director Michael Pallier in a Bellevue Hill home he is showing to Chinese clients.
Sotheby’s director Michael Pallier in a Bellevue Hill home he is showing to Chinese clients.CREDIT:KATE GERAGHTY

SH: Juwai, China’s largest property portal, registered an uptick of interest in Australian property in early 2019, with inquiries increasing 40 per cent. Last year, Chinese buyers made 60 per cent more inquiries for Australian property on the platform in the five weeks after the holiday than they did on average during the whole year.

2019 was the year in which Chinese demand finally started to recover, after falling since 2016 to very low levels … we expect 2020 to see further improvement.”

In preparation, Sotheby’s Australia boss Michael Pallier has picked up a new Rolls-Royce Ghost ahead of a busy week of high-end showings, as 10 clients from mainland China arrive.

Michael Pallier talks to a Chinese client next to his Rolls-Royce.
Michael Pallier talks to a Chinese client next to his Rolls-Royce.CREDIT:KATE GERAGHTY

Other agents, including Black Diamondz boss Monika Tu, are entertaining with events organised through the likes of BMW and other luxury brands, who are keen to kit buyers out once they purchase their house.

Waterfront property in the eastern suburbs at Point Piper and Bellevue Hill, and larger compounds across the upper north shore at Turramurra, Warrawee and Wahroonga are among the listings.

For Mr Pallier, the Chinese New Year is one of two annual spikes from offshore buyers, including a “golden week” holiday toward the end of the year. He says activity isn’t back to where it was in late 2015 when he drove clients around in a Bentley coupe and expected to turn over more than $100 million in property in a two-week period. This year, he expects to turn over about $30 million.

Monika Tu, of Black Diamondz.
Monika Tu, of Black Diamondz.CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY

“The pool of buyers isn’t as large as it was before, but they’re still there and they are more likely to make repeat transactions,” he said.

Most of Mr Pallier’s clients are chasing good schools. Other agents say protests in Hong Kong are driving significant investor visa holders to take the plunge and buy up in Australia.

Chinese buyers who were affected by Xi Jinping’s effort to tighten capital outflows from China from 2016 onwards are also back in the market, after securing other sources of cash to complete transactions, or visas, such as the significant investor visa, ahead of time.

CAAN: China eased its capital controls in 2019 hence the return to investing in our Real Estate.


I don’t believe that Chinese demand has ever dropped away; it’s simply that it became increasingly difficult for them to organise their funds,” Christie’s International agent Darren Curtis said.

He said the rebound in interest is most noticeable among buyers looking at properties priced from $5 million to $15 million, who were worst impacted when capital controls first took hold.

Agents are united in the belief that demand isn’t quite back to where it was.

“The Chinese [high net worth investors] … are often a bit more cautious than what we’ve seen back in 2014-2016,” Ray White director Victor Sheu.

“Chinese New Year will increase inquiry activity but not actual transactions until a later date.”

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Samantha Hutchinson

Samantha is the The Age’s CBD columnist. She recently covered Victorian and NSW politics and business for News Corp, and previously worked for the Australian Financial Review.




one million Aussie homes could soon be owned by foreign … Chinese buyers

-more than a third of the most expensive homes bought by super rich Chinese

-Country Garden

-property investor alliance

-Dahua Chinese developer

-daigou channel


Thousands of people march along Sydney Road in Melbourne

PHOTO: Melbourne is a huge, bustling metropolis — with or without migrants. (AAP: Julian Smith)


WHAT is the attraction for 300,000 migrant arrivals into Australia?

REMEMBER SCOMO … not that long ago spoke of a 30,000 cut to annual Permanent Migration … down to 160,000 per annum …

SCOTT MORRISON in March 2019 assured a concerned business sector that capping the annual permanent migrant intake at 160,000 will not harm economic growth …

WHAT Scomo had up his sleeve was that midway through 2018 there were 2.2 MILLION Visa Holders in Australia … and in the March 2019 quarter that number surged past 2.3 MILLION! That’s migration through the back door!

WHAT is the lure for Millions of Visa holders particularly from China and India? ONE O ONE …

IS it to buy Aussie Housing and to gain a ‘Permanent Resident Visa’? With Medicare Benefits thrown in …

*WHY NOT tell others … copy and paste this into emails to your contacts … everyone needs to know! * ACROSS SYDNEY … across AUSTRALIA!

WHY not write to ‘The Editor’ of all the papers? If enough do this … they may print them ..

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE FOR … VISAS … 100% SELL OFF of ‘new homes’ to foreign buyers … no anti-money laundering laws for the Real Estate Gatekeepers!

Traffic build up in Sydney after an accident this morning.

PHOTO: Traffic congestion is a major issue for voters in Sydney. (ABC News: Luke Rosen)

TRAFFIC CONGESTION is a major issue for Voters in Sydney …

AND OVERDEVELOPMENT … where we live … crowding our Families out to be replaced by Visa holders!

We are losing our Communities with Townhouse and Villa developments like these where there were 1 or 2 cottages … to drain our water and sewer system!

With Schools, buses, and trains all full-up and more Visa workers seeking Jobs!

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AND High-Rise encroaching on urban bushland and cul-de-sacs like this! WHAT of our community rights???

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THESE articles reveal what actually happened … the real numbers!

MAY 2019

Australian temporary visa numbers surge past 2.3 million

Midway through 2018 there were 2.2 MILLION Visa holders in Australia of which 1.6 Million were Visa Workers!  The number then surged past 2.3 Million in the March Quarter 2019


OZ cut migrant intake to lowest level in a decade

THURSDAY’s media was abuzz with reports that the Morrison Government had cut its migrant intake to “the lowest level in a decade” having cut it to 160,000 p.a. …

Except that happened 2 years ago …

Curiously, the alleged cut in Australia’s permanent migrant intake came in the same week as the Department of Home Affairs released its June quarter temporary visa datawhich showed that ‘bridging visas’ – given to those awaiting decisions on their applications for permanent residency – have roughly doubled under the Coalition’s watch to 205,000.


Morrison Government’s Fake Visa Cuts Exposed

EXTRACT: Net migrant arrivals near 300,000

By Leith van Onselen in Immigration

JANUARY 16 2020

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released visitor arrivals and departures statistics for the month of November, which reveals that the number of permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia remains turbo-charged.

In the year to November 2019, there were 844,960 permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia, up 2% from November 2018, and only partly offset by 547,920 permanent and long-term departures:

Subtracting departures from arrivals, there were 297,040 net permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia in the year to November 2019, up 3% on November 2018 and way above the 43-year average of 156,745:

Despite the Coalition promising to cut immigration, migrants continue to flood into Australia en masse.

Leith Van Onselen

Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.




A Group of Overseas born migrants have biggest carbon footprints: Swinburne University Study

Box Hill Central

HERE’s why!

AND from the commentators offering explanations …

IF the developed world stopped allowing people from third world countries to immigrate at will, then those countries might be incentivized to tackle their over population problem. Currently all they do is export it.

-if crushing living standards of locals isn’t a strong enough argument to get immigration reduced

-nothing matters except feeding the machine and maximizing profits for the Top End

-how can having migrants from the Third World living First World lifestyles in Australia not be worse for our Environment?

-how is frequent flying sustainable?

-there are three Golden Weeks per year

THIS SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY STUDY compared the carbon footprints of Chinese living in Box Hill against Australian born Box Hill residents … to understand the urban consumption behaviour of China-born C21st migrants (as measured by their ecological footprint) in Box Hill.

BOX HILL is a middle-class middle ring suburb of Melbourne with the greatest concentration of China-born residents

Box Hill is known as the ‘Chatswood’ of Melbourne or a mini Shanghai!

In Melbourne, Box Hill, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley is where modest houses were demolished to make way for gigantic McMansions.

Go to Chadstone and rabid consumerism is on full display.

The same could be said for Sydney in Chatswood, Lindfield, Roseville … across Ryde in North Ryde …

Also, a higher proportion of Chinese live in apartments … and as raised by Jago Dodson in his report in fact high-rise urbanism exacts a high carbon price … it cannot be said to be more environmentally friendly!

How can the Chinese be the second lowest paid diaspora when the majority operate in the ‘cash economy’? In cafes, markets with signs displayed of ‘Cash Only’?

Chinese born migrants have biggest carbon footprints

By Leith van Onselen in Carbon EconomyImmigration

January 15, 2020


Australia can only control what happens within its own borders.

And growing the population so fast is unambiguously negative for Australia’s environment, water security, liveability, housing affordability, as well as meeting our emissions reduction targets. So why go down this path?

While climate change is a global problem, most commentators (myself included) believe that Australia should act locally. The only difference is that, unlike me, many of these same commentators do not believe that Australia should act locally on population growth, even though it too is a global problem. Spot the contradiction?

There is another problem with their view that it doesn’t matter where people live. The fact is that when migrants from developing nations come to Australia, their carbon footprints grow significantly.

A case in point is China, which is now Australia’s second largest migrant group, as well as one of the fastest growing:

recent Swinburn University study showed that Chinese-born migrants have giant ecological footprints that dwarfs the Australian-born population:

In 2010, China overtook the United Kingdom as Australia’s largest source of permanent migrants (a position now held by India). Since then, China-born migrants have averaged around 15% of the annual intake

Our findings are based on an extensive face-to-face survey of 61 China-born and 72 Australia-born residents. The main findings were as follows.

Within a decade of arrival in Melbourne, China-born urban consumption patterns were more than three times their consumption before their migration…

It is apparent that consumer acculturation is the major process by which Chinese migrants have come to mirror the host society in Australia. Cultural integration is less evident – it lags consumer acculturation. This was clear from a comparison of scores on a Cultural and Linguistic Difference (CALD) Index.

The index incorporated measures of birthplace, English proficiency, religion, food preferences, participation in entertainment and festivals, avenues of social interaction and engagement with neighbourhood communities.

The gap between the China-born and Australia-born groups’ scores on the CALD Index was significant (see Figure 1). This suggests a strong cultural influence on the China-born group’s urban consumption behaviours is likely…

A comparison of the different components of the ecological footprints of China-born and Australia-born residents was also revealing.

*Housing footprints measuring the size and type of dwelling occupied by the China-born residents were 18% larger overall.

This may be due to the role housing plays in reflecting an attained status (mien-tzu, or “to save face”) within the host society.

*Consumption levels that outstrip those of Australia-born residents indicate the potential danger of housing consumption being used to indicate “successful” settlement in Australia.

*Food footprints of the China-born were 16% larger than the Australia-born. This reflected higher consumption of meat and dairy products and lower consumption of home-grown vegetables. Carbon footprints of the China-born were 37% bigger, mainly as a result of more frequent overseas travel.

Thus, while Australia’s mass immigration program is unambiguously hampering its ability to meet the Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets, it could also be raising Australia’s per capita emissions (other things equal).

*As an aside, the glutenous consumption and high carbon footprint of Chinese-born migrants comes despite them being the second lowest paid diaspora, earning considerably less than the Australian-born population, according to the ABS:

In any event, it is a bad result for Australia and the world.

a group of people walking down a street in front of a store: Some people say the streets in Box Hill are comparable to those in cities like Shanghai. (ABC News: Kai Feng)

Photo: ABC: © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Some people say the streets in Box Hill are comparable to those in cities like Shanghai. (ABC News: Kai Feng)


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Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.




Indian Migrants drive Avalanche of Citizenship applications

HOWEVER … it appears the pivot to Indians (along with Chinese) migrants is likely adding to Australia’s chronic low wage growth.


IT’s just not cricket!

PRIOR to the floodgates of high immigration and visa manipulation AND Visa Workers by the HOWARD GOVT in the late 1990s we had very good wages and conditions in Australia …

AND …  Earlier this year (2019), Alan Fels – the chair of the Migrant Workers Taskforce – described wage theft as “widespread and systematic”, and estimated that one-third of international students are being underpaid, typically by migrant employers of the same nationality:

-Allan Fels believed one third of international students were exploited

-with an unpaid wages bill in the Billions; up to 145,000 students on working visas underpaid by employers

-that exploitation of international students by businesses owned by migrants from the same ethnic group was a particular problem

AND … with the May 2019 Election outcome … Australian Workers lost out again!

‘I was able to learn more about Australian culture’: the Cheetahs Sports Club at Parramatta Park, in Sydney’s west, is an important ‘gateway’ for Indians in Australia. Picture: Ryan Osland

‘I was able to learn more about Australian culture’: the Cheetahs Sports Club at Parramatta Park, in Sydney’s west, is an important ‘gateway’ for Indians in Australia. Picture: Ryan Osland

Indian migrants drive “avalanche of citizenship applications”

By Leith van Onselen in Immigration

JANUARY 10 2020


Indians are destined to become Australia’s largest migrant group, dominating citizenship applications in 2019:

Indian migrants are driving a surge in citizenship as a record 211,723 people won the right to call Australia home in 2019, a 120 per cent increase on the previous year.

India emerged as the top source of Australian citizenship, for the sixth consecutive year, ahead of Britain and China.

More than 28,470 Indian-born migrants pledged allegiance to Australia in 2018-19…

The avalanche of citizenship applications from India also corres­ponded with a strong rise in the number of people acquiring permanent residency under the skilled migration program…

Australia’s Indian diaspora is fast becoming the new face of the country’s migration story in 2020. Indians are now the third-largest migrant­ group in Australia and are on track to overtake Britons and Chinese

Australia’s Indian-born popul­a­tion expanded at 10.7 per cent a year on average between 2006 and 2016.

Indian-born migrants topped the list of visa recipients by country under the annual permanent immigration program, and the number of Indian­-born mig­rants obtaining Australian citizenship in 2018-19 soared by 60 per cent, compared with 2017-18. In 2019, the largest source of migrants to Australia were from India, with 33,611 places under the country’s permanent migration program going to Indian citizens.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s (ABS) latest Personal Income of Migrants survey for 2016-17, ‘skilled’ migrants from India are fairly low paid (but earn more than Chinese, Koreans and Nepalese), earning a median income of just $56,539 in 2016-17:

Thus, the pivot to Indians (along with Chinese) migrants is likely adding to Australia’s chronic low wage growth.

Leith Van Onselen

Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.



‘Network effect’ behind Indian surge in taking Australian citizenship

Indian migrants are driving a surge in citizenship as a record 211,723 people won the right to call Australia home in 2019, a 120 per cent increase on the previous year.

India emerged as the top source of Australian citizenship, for the sixth consecutive year, ahead of Britain and China.

More than 28,470 Indian-born migrants pledged allegiance to Australia in 2018-19.

The latest figures from the Department­ of Home Affairs reveal­ that 13,364 Britons acquired Australian citizenship between July 2018 and June last year, while 7974 Chinese people become citizens in the same period.

The avalanche of citizenship applications from India also corres­ponded with a strong rise in the number of people acquiring permanent residency under the skilled migration program.

Vivek Makhija, who lives in Cherrybrook in Sydney’s northwest, is just one of the 500,000 ­Indian-born people residing in Australia. After marrying his wife, Anupam, who became a citizen in 2007, raising two children and spending 17 years climbing the ranks of the Commonwealth Bank, he said it was finally time to become “a true Aussie”.READ MORE:Pipeline of citizen hopefuls dries up|Migrant drain on economy a myth|‘Step up’ face data checks at borders|Malaysia, China top migrant ‘red flag’ list

“I’m starting the citizenship process now because I don’t really have any links to India any more and there’s a system here that works,” he said. “The future for my children is much brighter and better­ here, the education is great, the lifestyle is great, and I don’t feel like I am an outsider.”

Mr Makhija said the value Australians placed on “mateship” was priceless. “People look after each other in Australia,” he said. “The bushfires are an example of that.”

Australia’s Indian diaspora is fast becoming the new face of the country’s migration story in 2020. Indians are now the third-largest migrant­ group in Australia and are on track to overtake Britons and Chinese.

Anna Boucher, an associate professor at the University of Sydney, said many migrants were in Australia for 10 years before getting citizenship.

“The average migrant is now making two visa steps before getting permanent residency, and then you have to wait at least three to four years before applying for citizenship,” she said. “Inter­national students from India started to arrive about a ­decade ago, so it makes sense that we are seeing a growth in Indian-born people becoming citizens.”

Professor Boucher also said a big drawcard for Indian-born mig­rants was “the network effect”.

“When people from certain communities and cities settle here, it has a magnet effect as well,” she said. “The Commonwealth and the language link is another ­reason Indian permanent residents might choose to become ­citizens.”

At the Cheetahs Sports Club in Parramatta, in Sydney’s west, the network effect theory is played out in real time almost every day.

Balaji Govindarajan, 37, obtained­ his Australian citizenship just three months ago after moving to Sydney in 2013 as a skilled migrant, and said the Cheetahs­ served as a “gateway” to understanding Australian culture.

“I saw a little India in Parramatta,” he told The Australian.

“I joined the Cheetahs because it was a way to meet more Indian people and I didn’t feel like I was a foreigner­.

“I was able to learn more about Australian culture and the cricketing community really expand­ed my horizons.”

Australia’s Indian-born popul­a­tion expanded at 10.7 per cent a year on average between 2006 and 2016. Indian-born migrants topped the list of visa recipients by country under the annual permanent immigration program, and the number of Indian­-born mig­rants obtaining Australian citizenship in 2018-19 soared by 60 per cent, compared with 2017-18. In 2019, the largest source of migrants to Australia were from India, with 33,611 places under the country’s permanent migration program going to Indian citizens.

It marked the seventh year in a row that India outstripped China and Britain as Australia’s primary source of migrants, with the vast bulk of places given to Indian citizen­s under the “skilled” stream.

‘I was able to learn more about Australian culture’: the Cheetahs Sports Club at Parramatta Park, in Sydney’s west, is an important ‘gateway’ for Indians in Australia. Picture: Ryan Osland




$100M Plans for former Gosford Quarry Site overhauled

BUT is that enough?

HOW sad … they just cannot leave any place alone ... the natural setting of Gosford is so beautiful, but for how long now? The ridges to be cluttered with cutterbox development …

Like cats devilopers mark their territory … or like dogs on a walk …

Notice the developer hails from the well-known Meriton Street in Gladesville …

Development consent was previously granted by Gosford City Council in 2004 for a residential flat building with 178 units … then increased to 262 … now reduced to 237 …

Pinnacle is soon to begin another apartment project down the road for a 97-apartment development at 86 John Whiteway Drive.

WE have it on good information that a month ago Gosford was nearing OVERSUPPLY … with a number of apartment developments nearing the market together …


$100m plans for former Gosford quarry site get an overhaul

A $100 million residential tower block proposed on the ridge overlooking Gosford is back on public exhibition once again with changes to apartment numbers, parking and more.

Fiona Killman, Central Coast Express AdvocateSubscriber only|January 6, 2020 4:15pm

Artists impressions of a proposed DA at 89 John Whiteway Drive in Gosford
Artists impressions of a proposed DA at 89 John Whiteway Drive in Gosford

A $100m residential tower proposed on the former sandstone quarry site in Gosford is back on public exhibition.

The proposed development at 87-89 John Whiteway Drive has been scaled down once again with a reduction in apartment numbers from 262 to 237 as well as a significantly smaller basement with carparking numbers dropping from 587 to 340.

Each of the five low-rise towers have a reduced footprint along with increased space between blocks.

Changes have also been made to communal spaces and the aesthetics of the development to be built on the ridge overlooking Gosford.

Aerial view of development site at 87-89 John Whiteway Drive, Gosford.
Aerial view of development site at 87-89 John Whiteway Drive, Gosford.

The plan initially proposed 299 apartments and was scaled down to 262 in January 2019 after receiving community objections around overshadowing, construction noise, traffic, parking and lack of public space for children to play.

*The latest changes to the site, owned by Pinnacle Construction Group, will be on exhibition until February 3.

The complex is proposed to be built in three stages starting with the basement carpark, followed by three blocks and then the final two blocks along with a swimming pool and communal areas. There will be a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom units.

Artists impression of a proposed DA.
Artists impression of a proposed DA.
John Whiteway Drive: Gosford Sandstone quarry about 1960. Picture: Central Coast Libraries Gostalgia.
John Whiteway Drive: Gosford Sandstone quarry about 1960. Picture: Central Coast Libraries Gostalgia.

Development consent was previously granted by Gosford City Council in 2004 for a residential flat building with 178 units.

The application will be decided by the Hunter Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Meanwhile, construction is set to begin down the road on Gosford’s most notorious and longest running hole.

Last November, Pinnacle Construction Group confirmed construction will begin on a $60 million 97-apartment development at 86 John Whiteway Drive.

Artists impression of the proposed development at 86 John Whiteway Drive.
Artists impression of the proposed development at 86 John Whiteway Drive.

Pinnacle purchased the site in June 2018 and have been carrying out cleaning and clearing works and making small modifications to the plans.

*The group’s funding principal Joe Bechara told the Express the development would be similar to the existing approved plans, however the building was being reduced from 11 storeys to 10 to allow more floor to ceiling space and to comply with fire regulations.*

He said the group would completely clean the site before construction, including removing existing pipe works and footings laid by previous failed developments which are around 15 years old.

“We’re going to pull it up and start fresh,” he said.

Aerial view of Gosford. Photograph: Carly Earl/The Guardian

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Photograph: The Real Estate Conversation; view from the top overlooking the city and the Bay





Nuclear secrets and deadly coffees: A look at Australian fake news on Chinese social media

By Danielle Li, Xiaoning MoBang Xiao, and Michael Walsh

Updated 21 Jul 2018


PHOTO: There are around three million WeChat users in Australia and more than a billion worldwide. (ABC News)

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Like many people around the world, citizens in China are now getting much of their news from social media instead of traditional news outlets.

Key points:

  • More than 100 Chinese news accounts publish news for people in Australia
  • The articles are often sensationalist and full of misinformation
  • Australian media is being called on to produce more news in Chinese

But the trend runs even stronger among Chinese international students living in Australia, who generally do not turn to or are unable to read local English language news.

For them, WeChat — China’s social media behemoth with over one billion registered users — is the go-to source, and there are more than 100 news accounts on the platform publishing news specifically for Chinese people in Australia.

“Based on research we conducted a few years ago, most Chinese students don’t read English language news, but browsing WeChat is a must-do activity every day,” said Jiang Ying, a senior media lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

While these accounts usually post stories about popular restaurants, discounts, and other lifestyle topics, Dr Jiang said the revenue model meant sensationalism, nationalism, and fake news were also frequently served up.

“The main purpose of these accounts is to generate revenue since the number of views defines their advertising income,” she said.

“Therefore, eye-catching titles, sensational journalism, exaggerated facts, rumours are seen on these accounts.”

Beat-ups from Australian WeChat accounts have covered everything from “secret” nuclear pollution to the return of the White Australia Policy — so what are these accounts, and why are they popular?

‘Breaking! ISIS officially announced their Australia attack!’

Australian Red Scarf urged people not to visit Bondi, Brunswick or the MCG following a threat from IS.

PHOTO: An article urging readers to stay away from the Sydney Opera House, Bondi, Brunswick and the MCG to avoid terrorists. (WeChat: Australian Red Scarf)

One of the most successful WeChat news accounts in Australia is Australian Red Scarf, named after the red scarves worn by Chinese primary school students who join the Young Pioneers, a kid version of Communist Party membership.

Co-founded in April 2016 by former international student Nathan Wu, the account is run by 15 staff members serving around 200,000 subscribers.

Mr Wu told the ABC he did not think his small business produced news, but instead acted more as a distribution platform, sourcing and translating stories from the Australian media.

The logo of the WeChat public account Australian Red Scarf.

PHOTO: Australian Red Scarf is one of the most popular WeChat news accounts in Australia. (WeChat: Australian Red Scarf)

However, the articles are rarely just straight translations, and are often peppered with opinion, memes, gifs and attention-grabbing headlines.

“Breaking! ISIS officially announced their Australia attack! Many famous locations in Sydney and Melbourne targeted,” said one headline.

That article from 2016 was referring to an announcement made by the Islamic State (IS) terror group, and also promised readers “useful tips for facing terrorist attacks”.

Australian media were told by police at the time that this was IS propaganda, but no comments from police were included in Australian Red Scarf’s article, which was sourced from Chinese news media.

Tips for facing terror attacks on Chinese social media, posted by Australian Red Scarf.

PHOTO: The article included a graphic with tips on what to do during violent incidents. (WeChat: Australian Red Scarf)

Mr Wu said while his staff no longer used Chinese media as a source, WeChat’s revenue model had made clickbait headlines “pretty common” on the platform.

“If we don’t write that way, nobody is interested in clicking on the story,” he said.

“But if it’s fake news or over sensational news, I think [WeChat accounts] should not do it.”

There are around three million WeChat users in Australia, and the platform operates in the same regulatory environment as other social media platforms.

Dr Jiang said she thought it was time to look at providing relevant regulations for WeChat news accounts.

“The current media policy … in Australia mainly regulates media that are in English, not for free circulation,” she said.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the Government had commissioned an ACCC inquiry into the impact of online platforms on the provision of news.

Australia’s ‘nuclear secrets’ and Starbucks’ fatal coffee

Screenshot of an article from Australian Red Scarf. It has a file image of a nuclear test at Maralinga.

PHOTO: Australian Red Scarf published an article that said nuclear testing in Australia was covered up until 2017. (WeChat: Australian Red Scarf)

An Australian Red Scarf article published in December 2017 caused a significant amount of concern in the Chinese community, after it reported on an “untold dark secret from 67 years ago”.

The article was about the Maralinga and Emu Fields atomic weapons tests in the 1950s and 1960s, and it claimed people in Australia were “living in nuclear pollution” as a result of the tests.

“Not only have the nuclear test areas been polluted, but every city on the Australian east coast is facing a nuclear crisis,” the article said.

It used photos of random children with various health issues, and claimed they were the result of radiation. A photo of the Australian writer Robert Hoge, who was born with a facial tumour, was also used in the article.

WeChat’s own fake news fact-checking platform picked up on the post after it went viral, and pointed out the tests had not been a secret for some decades, and the photos were unrelated — the post was subsequently deleted.

WeChat fact check corrects an Australian Red Scarf article.

PHOTO: The official WeChat fact-checking platform has been calling out inaccurate stories. (WeChat)

Nathan Wu said the article was “a big mistake”, and the editor responsible for the piece was subsequently fired.

Other Australia-based accounts have also had their content pulled by WeChat’s moderator. One of the most notable examples was from an account named Australian Mirror, which in March sensationally claimed Starbucks coffee caused cancer.

This story — an exaggeration of a California court ruling that said coffee makers would have to put warning labels on their brews — even made it to Chinese state media, which quoted experts to dispel the claims.

Xinhua news agency said the Australian Mirror account was “spreading rumours under the banner of overseas media”, and that the article had “caused some public panic”.

Another account, simply named “Australia” and billing itself as “Australia’s authoritative public platform”, just last week announced that the “White Australia Policy was back!” in the headline of an article about changes to the citizenship application process.

WeChat last month pulled an article from the same account after it claimed “cancer can be completely cured from now on” following a fake discovery by Australian scientists.

‘It’s like fusing Gawker, People’s Daily, and Breitbart’

VIDEO: Australian Red Scarf was critical of Malcolm Turnbull’s comments on Chinese political influence. (ABC News)

Nationalism, and the ongoing political troubles between Australia and China, are also popular topics on WeChat news accounts.

*When Qantas listed Taiwan as part of China in June following a threat from Chinese authorities, Australian Red Scarf commented that “China’s sovereignty can’t be challenged”.

The article featured a map of China often used in state media that includes Taiwan and the contested South China Sea as part of China — and under the map, the question “Australia, can you stop now?” was repeated three times.

Chinese map posted by Australian Red Scarf. It shows Taiwan and atolls in the South China Sea as Chinese territory.

PHOTO: The map of China pointedly includes contested parts of the South China Sea and Taiwan. (WeChat: Australian Red Scarf)

*Last week it published an article critical of the Australian National University’s decision to no longer allow international students to intern with politicians, tying it to Australia’s “groundless fear” of Chinese influence.

Australian Red Scarf also criticised Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s comments late last year against Chinese interference in Australian politics.

“Some of these accounts, like [Australian] Red Scarf for example, bring together the worst of both worlds — the dogmatism of Chinese state media and the sensationalism of non-traditional media,” said Kevin Carrico, a lecturer in Chinese studies at Macquarie University.

“It’s like fusing the Global Times and Gawker, People’s Daily, and Breitbart.”

Mr Wu said his publication made these sorts of comments “to attract the young audience”.

“We are a private business. Our income source is mainly advertisement … We have no connection with Beijing,” he said.

He said international students were interested in Australian politics, especially policy changes affecting education and immigration.

Chinese audiences ignored by Australian media

Zhengyi Tian, a 25-year-old Chinese-Australian student at the University of Melbourne and one of WeChat’s three million Australian users, told the ABC he was a reader of stories on the platform every day.

“You can get a general understanding of some news stories, but the quality and objectivity of the news coverage is not good enough,” he said, adding that he sometimes cross-checked what he read with more reputable sources.

The ABC’s Chinese service

The ABC's Chinese service

The ABC Chinese Service provides trusted news, analysis, and features to keep you up-to-date with the stories that matter.

However, Mr Tian said when WeChat accounts cover stories about racial discrimination and violence against Chinese nationals in Australia, they often do a much better job than the mainstream media.

CAAN: QUESTION THE VERACITY OF THIS! IS the commentator pulling the Race Card? Cough … cough …

These reports, which may only be two sentences in mainstream media, will have more details and first-hand interviews in the [WeChat] coverage,” he said.


“The media are all talking about traffic. Chinese residents’ stories may not attract enough traffic by themselves.”

Currently, The AustralianSBS, and the ABC are the only mainstream media organisations producing Australian news in Mandarin, and Dr Carrico said they should engage more with local communities and international students.

“There should be a media watch to monitor these types of [WeChat] accounts and share some of the unfounded misinformation they are spreading,” he said.

The Australian Press Council said in a statement it had for some time been concerned about the impact of technological and other changes faced by the media industry in Australia on journalism, and continues to carefully monitor these changes.

Topics: journalisminformation-and-communicationsocial-mediainternet-cultureworld-politicsgovernment-and-politicschinaaustraliaasia

First posted 21 Jul 2018


China's Communist Party is at a fatal age for one-party regimes. How much longer can it survive?

A collage of Communist Party leaders including Xi Jinping, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Kim Jong-un, Pol Pot.

PHOTO: One-party regimes have rarely survived longer than 70 years. (ABC News: GFX/Jarrod Fankhauser)

Pundits predicting the collapse of the Chinese Communist Party have been proven wrong decade after decade.

IN response to this report CAAN will focus on where it appears China, the CCP, poses a threat to Australian society is whether the CCP can continue to provide economic benefits for the Chinese … with its growth having slowed in China, and having the fastest ageing society in the World …

IS this why Xi Jinping has been encouraging the migration of
his people and investment across the World especially in the United States, Canada, Africa, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere?  Whereby they now continue to grow their families across the Globe

WITH 1.4 Billion Chinese … despite having an ageing population … such a huge number impacts the World with the rapid consumption of resources, pollution and their contribution to climate change through increased Co2 emissions, a consequence of urbanisation (high thermal mass from high density living in high-rise built of concrete, bricks, steel and glass) 

OTHER societies … as a consequence of the Silent Invasion of China (through immigration and foreign investment) have cut their birth rate unable to attain a home or obtain secure work in their own country … such is the negative impact of China’s high growth, the competition from their ‘hot money‘ and sadly Government policies in Australia, for example, that are favourable to Chinese investment and immigration to the detriment of Australians! 

China’s Communist Party is at a fatal age for one-party regimes. How much longer can it survive?

By Christina Zhou

Updated Sun 5 January 2020

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Pundits predicting the collapse of the Chinese Communist Party have been proven wrong decade after decade.

Key points:

  • The CCP has figured out ways to mitigate the risk of coups and revolutions
  • But China is facing slowing economic growth and an ageing society
  • Experts say the party could gradually open up politically, on its own terms

The CCP — which recently celebrated its 70th birthday — is one of the longest running single-party regimes in modern history.

But one-party governments have rarely survived longer than 70 years: the Communist Party of the Soviet Union ruled for 74 years before the bloc collapsed in 1991, and Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party retained power for 71 years until its defeat in the 2000 elections.

China’s only contemporary competition is North Korea, which has been ruled by the Kim family dynasty for 71 years, since its founding in 1948.

Analysts say while there’s no time limit on authoritarian governments, the CCP’s one-party rule may not be sustainable in the long run despite its past resilience and distinctiveness from other regimes.

But to look at when and how China could eventually undergo political reform, it’s important to first understand how the CCP has kept its grip on power for so long.

How did the CCP manage to survive this long?

A propaganda poster featuring Mao Zedong, it describes him as "the red sun in our hearts."

PHOTO: After Mao Zedong’s death, limits were placed on presidential terms — but those have disappeared under Xi Jinping. (Wikimedia Commons)

Rory Truex, assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, told the ABC the CCP was unique in terms of how it has mitigated the two major threats to authoritarian regimes — coups and revolutions.

To prevent the former, Mr Truex said the party had a system to ensure the transfer of power from one leader to the next happened “relatively peacefully”.

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Following Chairman Mao’s death in 1976, the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping wrote presidential term limits into China’s constitution, recognising the dangers of one-man rule and the cult of personality.

Howevera controversial constitutional amendment passed in March 2018 removed the 10-year limit, spread over two five-year terms, so that President Xi Jinping could rule indefinitely.

Meanwhile, the regime has safeguarded itself from a revolution by “governing reasonably well to keep the population happy, so they have no desire to revolt”, and through controlling information and repression, Mr Truex said.

*Michael Albertus, co-author of Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy, said the CCP staked its legitimacy on national development and had delivered on that promise in an incredible manner, lifting half a billion people out of poverty in recent decades.

This year is also earmarked to be “a year of decisive victory for the elimination of poverty”, Mr Xi said in his New Year’s speech, as the CCP’s self-imposed 2020 deadline looms.

“We will finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and realise the first centenary goal,” he said on state TV.

Over the last 40 years, China has transformed from being one of the world’s poorest nations to the second-biggest economy on earth, thanks to its economic reform and opening up policies.

People use the computer at an Internet cafe.

PHOTO: The Chinese Government uses censorship to control information. (Reuters)

At the same time Beijing has used its power to censor and eliminate what it sees as threats to its legitimacy.

Mr Truex noted the Communist Party was arguably “the most sophisticated regime” in terms of repression and controlling and distorting information with the use of the internet, technology, censorship and propaganda.

“The takeaway is that this is a smart authoritarian regime, and they’ve figured out the threat to their power and managed to mitigate those threats,” Mr Truex said.

“But there is some evidence that some of this might be changing under Xi Jinping, and some of the things that actually made the Communist Party strong might be eroding under his rule.”

China’s 40 years of reform

China's 40 years of reform

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Mr Albertus said the CCP was also strong in part because it had “vanquished its chief foe”, the Kuomintang (KMT) — also known as the Chinese Nationalist Party.

The KMT ruled China for more than two decades, before its defeat at the hands of the communists at the end of the civil war in 1949.

The KMT subsequently fled to Taiwan, where it was the sole ruling party until 2000, when it was defeated by the Democratic Progressive Party after a period of transition towards democracy.

“To be sure, [the CCP] has had real moments of weakness,”he said, citing the Tiananmen Square massacre as an example.

“But it has evolved to develop a coherent and hierarchical organisation, and many CCP members have a stake in its persistence and predictability.”

What causes a one-party regime to crumble?

Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Cuban President Fidel Castro exchange a red folder.

PHOTO: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, left, and Cuban president Fidel Castro both led one-party regimes. (Reuters)

In 2013, Larry Diamond, a renowned democracy scholar at Stanford University, wrote that China was approaching an age that has often proved fatal to other single-party regimes.

He called it the “70-year itch” — a phenomenon China was facing “after a period of authoritarian success rather than failure”.

And there are many reasons why the regime continues to survive while others have collapsed.

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The contrast between China today and the Soviet Union before its collapse couldn’t be more stark.

By the time Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the economy was already in decline, and his aim was to revive it with two major reforms: perestroika and glasnost (economic reform and political opening).

Sarah Percy, an associate professor of international relations at the University of Queensland, wrote recently that the economic reforms invited public criticism — but “the problem with allowing some criticism is that it becomes impossible to control”.

“Once people were allowed to speak out in some areas, they inevitably began to do so in others, challenging the state’s control over political issues as well as economic ones,” she wrote.

Glasnost opened up a Pandora’s box of free speech, with decreased media censorship allowing criticism of government officials.

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Maria Repnikova, a political scientist at Georgia State University, told the ABC the collapse of the Soviet Union turned it into an “anti-model” for the Chinese regime.

“[It’s] something that the party-state in part blames on Gorbachev’s shock therapy reform that yielded a dramatic and uncontrollable political opening,” she told the ABC.

“That’s something that the [People’s Republic of China] wants to avoid at all costs through a combination of responsiveness and pervasive control.”

Ms Repnikova, author of the book Media Politics in China, says Beijing has been obsessed with grasping and guiding public opinion, managing crises with large-scale exposés in both traditional and social media.

How is the CCP different from other one-party regimes?

Experts also attribute the longevity of the CCP’s rule to its ability to learn and adapt.

Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London, noted the party was flexible in that it wasn’t “too strung up on ideology”.

For example, when the CCP was at its lowest ebb during the Cultural Revolution in the mid-70s, party leaders “regenerated themselves” by focusing on the economy, he said.

Professor Brown said their idea of socialism with “Chinese characteristics” was also “absolutely core” because it meant it was unlike any other system.

An employee works on a car in China

PHOTO: China started its economic reform some 40 years ago. (Reuters: File)

While North Korea’s one-party rule is also quite distinctive, with the Kim family dynasty functioning almost like a monarchy, its notoriously closed-off political system has severely limited any opportunities for economic growth.

“I’ve always thought that North Korea today resembles in some sense China under Mao,” Mr Truex said.

“You might call it totalitarian, where the party itself has complete control over peoples’ lives and [is] in complete control over the flow of information.”

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At first glance, Pyongyang does seem like the socialist fairyland the Kim dynasty always dreamed it would be — but it quickly becomes clear things are a lot more complicated.

Graeme Smith from the Australian National University said the CCP realised very early on — even before it came to power in 1949 — that having regular purges to purify the Party’s ranks was not going to work as a long-term strategy.

He said in Cambodia, purges contributed to the toppling of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot.

A Wilson Centre paper examining the CCP’s relationship with the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s said Deng Xiaoping criticised Pol Pot for the party’s “excessive radicalism”, adding that its “leftist” tendencies — in particular the purges — had “compromised its ability to repel the Vietnamese military attacks”.

While the CCP had also purged a large number of party members in the past, it later turned its sights on a party rectification strategy.

“If you’re found to be ideologically suspect or have engaged in activities the party doesn’t approve of, then efforts will be made to [make] you right,” Dr Smith explained.

[It’s] the idea that all cadres are basically good and they could be reformed by thought work.”

But Dr Smith added that Mr Xi’s signature anti-corruption campaign on so-called “tigers and flies” — a slang phrase referring to high-ranking officials and local civil servants — had made him many enemies since he became President.

He said this would include some powerful people who may in the future come after him.

Will Beijing become the exception to the rule?

Security officers sit at the National People's Congress in Beijing

PHOTO: The longevity of parties and dictatorships depend on whether they can maintain popular support, experts say. (Reuters: Damir Sagolj)

Mr Diamond from Stanford University told the ABC that while there was no “iron law” dictating that one-party regimes must collapse after 70 or 80 years, he also didn’t believe Communist one-party rule was sustainable in the long run.

“On the other hand, Communist Party rulers are keenly looking forward to the Chinese Communist Party becoming the most powerful political force in the world in 2049, when the regime would turn 100, and I don’t think that will happen,” he said.

“While the political effects of modernisation have been slowed and delayed by multiple factors, including the regime’s intense management of information and Orwellian levels of repression and surveillance, the regime faces the same long-run contradiction that other autocracies have.”

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Mr Diamond says people’s values change when they have more income and a higher level of education, and eventually “they want more autonomy, more dignity, more freedom and more control over their own lives”.

A lot of people are leaving, or have left, because they can’t get this freedom and autonomy in China — certainly not now under the tightening grip of Communist Party control,” he said.

“It’s true that some people are returning for the Thousand Talents Program or related opportunities … it’s also true that there has been a recent surge in nationalism among the young.

“Still, if I were the CCP, I would be concerned about the [longer-running] trends, and the basic contradictions in the system.

A crowd of Chinese people waiting to enter a hospital.

PHOTO: China has one of the fastest ageing societies in the world, experts say. (Reuters: Kim Kyung-Hoon)

*Anne-Marie Brady, a professor in Chinese politics at the University of Canterbury, says the big question is whether the CCP can continue to provide economic benefits for the Chinese population.

*“Growth has [slowed] in China and they have the fastest ageing society in the world,” she said.

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*“Chinese banks have bad debts, the actual unemployment figures are censored, [and] inflation is very high.”

*Mr Diamond believes China’s “demographic implosion” — fuelled by China’s now-abolished one-child policy — will be hard to reverse without significant immigration.

“But how can China do that on a large enough scale?” he said.

“I think its efforts to encourage higher population growth will fail because there are still serious quality of life problems in China.

“The rapid ageing of the population is going to challenge every aspect of theChina dream’.”

What will China’s political system look like in the future?

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he is clapped by his supporters at China's 19th Party Congress.

PHOTO: Xi Jinping said China’s people’s democracy is a type of “whole-process” democracy. (AP: Mark Schiefelbein)

Mr Diamond sees the CCP facing “corruption up and down the system” but says there is a “fundamental contradiction” in trying to solve it.

“There is no way to control corruption except through a rule of law (not rule by law), and that requires separating the Communist Party from the state and the judiciary,” he said.

“But if the CCP no longer reigns supreme over the state and the judiciary it risks losing control.

“This is a dilemma that the CCP cannot resolve except by moving toward democracy.”

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While no-one knows for sure whether China will ever become a democracy, complete with universal suffrage, the CCP certainly hasn’t shied away from using the word.

During a tour in Shanghai in November, Mr Xi said China’s democracy was a type of “whole-process” democracy.

Mr Truex said the Communist Party frequently used the language of democracy except it’s not democracy as the West knows it.

“If you use Chinese citizen surveys, for example, the majority will say they live in a democratic system, even though most people would label China as authoritarian,” he said.

“So the word ‘democracy’ is sort of corrupted in some sense in China.”

He added that while Western countries tended to equate democracy with elections, China was trying to increase citizen participation in politics in a number of different ways.

For example, he said many local governments have so-called “mayor’s mailboxes” where people can lodge a complaint online, and the public is also allowed to give feedback when a law is passed.

“There’s a lot of other processes in place where basically citizens are allowed to voice their grievances or voice their perspectives on policies,” he said.

“[But] it’s unclear whether the government actually takes these into account … or whether they’re window dressing.”

Crowd of Kuomintang supporters wave Taiwanese flags with miniature flags stuck onto supporters' cheeks.

PHOTO: Kuomintang supporters celebrate the 2018 midterm elections in Taiwan. (AP)

But Mr Albertus said the CCP could go down a similar path to the KMT in Taiwan, which opened up political contestation gradually on its own terms.

After the KMT’s flight to Taiwan in 1949, it was the sole ruling party before shifting to democracy in 1996, when the island held its first direct presidential election.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected for the first time in 2000.

“If [the CCP’s] legacy of delivering economic growth continues, it could stand a real chance of competing and winning under democracy as well,” Mr Albertus said

‘A major threat for democracies’

'A major threat for democracies'

Beijing is spending billions training up foreign journalists, buying up space in overseas media, and expanding its state-owned networks on an unprecedented scale.

However, he said it would have to have some impetus to make this move, and it was most likely to come from a rising political threat it cannot necessarily control.

“Anticipating a major challenge to its rule in five or 10 years could push it to try to transition to democracy on its own terms,” he said.

“That could come, as in many other countries, from a rising middle class that starts to demand representation and greater freedoms separate from economic security.

“But at this point, the CCP is likely — and correctly — estimating that threat to be far enough into the future that it does not need to reform today.”

A collage of Communist Party leaders including Xi Jinping, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Kim Jong-un, Pol Pot.





【热点】悉尼公寓房市场需求下滑 澳洲第二富翁停止购买土地

FROM: ABC Report MERITON Sydney Olympic Park 2018: Chinese text.

07 FEBRUARY 2016 MERITON launches its Chinese Website to promote its residential apartment developments, townhouses and hotels to its Marketin the year of the Clever Monkey

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MAY 2016: Property developer Harry Triguboff tops the 2016 BRW Rich 200 list for the first time, as a surging real estate market changes the face of wealth in Australia.

Mr Triguboff, owner and head of Meriton Group, number one on the BRW Rich List with $10.62 billion wealth. May 26, 2016

CAN we thank Harry for more Chinese coming into Australia every day?

100% of Meriton apartments sold to Chinese Communist Party members … the CCP!

Of course, they love it here … and until now they were able to breathe fresh air … Sydney and Melbourne are more like home … Beijing, Shanghai … Hotan … with bush fire smoke shroud

Meriton apartments with views of motorways … and surrounds of high-rise precincts … they love it here … they love it ALMOST as much as We Australians love it here!

We Australians welcome them to come and visit … spend their ‘hot money’ in tours, sites, theatres, restaurants, our Department Stores, and then fly away … back home!

2019 … we are still in the Year of the Pig!

This is a Year of Earth Pig, starting from Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020. 

MAY 2019:  Property developer, Harry Triguboff … despite Meriton”s 100% China Market  … slipped down a spot to be named Australia’s third richest person in 2019. HT increased his wealth by $770M in the past year … that’s the $$ not in a haven … a net worth of $13.54B in the AFR Rich List May 31, 2019

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  • WHY not copy and paste this and share with your email contacts! More people need to know how Our Town has been taken over! … Many wonder but don’t know how! *

DESTINATION’ … after flying in to buy … awake in tranquility at Meriton serviced apartments down the road …

‘Destination,’ the apartment precinct for sale on Talavera Road formerly Macquarie Park Business and IT Park … devil’s transformation and expansion of the Chinese CP city of Chatswoo in Macquarie Park … overlooking the M2 Motorway … view through the grey smog the highrise commercial towers cluttering Sydney …

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“Destination’ on a massive site largely occupying the block on Talavera Road … grey smog sky … looks like that in China … and around Macquarie Park the new residents wear masks!

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Tree Protection Zonewith high-rise Precincts like that of Meriton … this is what happens to Australia’s gum trees … gone! 2019 … except at Harry’s Vaucluse Harbourside Huxter mansion … with its magnificent bushland grounds …


Already offering the services of bi-lingual agents across its business, Meriton has now launched its new Chinese website

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Photo: The Australian; April 2019 Triguboff makes Meriton’s First Move into the Melbourne Market

Covering all the information already available on the English Meriton website, the Chinese version will make navigating the search for property much easier.

According to Meriton boss, Harry Triguboff, building the Chinese website was very important to streamline the process when searching for, and purchasing, property.

“You don’t want to battle with language barriers when you are looking to buy property,” Meriton managing director, Harry Triguboff said.

“There are more Chinese coming into the country every day and they are looking for somewhere to buy either to live or as an investment.

“The familiarity of their own language while viewing property should make their task easier,” he said.

Chinese Australians are considered one of the largest groups of overseas Chinese people and the largest community in Oceania.

“The Chinese love it here,” Mr Triguboff said.

“They love the space, the larger size of our apartments, the expansive views of our magnificent harbour, the height of our apartments and most of all they can breathe fresh air.

“Many who come to visit, end up coming back to stay.

“In what is widely referred to as the Asian Century, we must embrace this community and encourage others who wish to immigrate,” he said.

In 2018 we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first officially recorded Chinese migrant, Mak Sai Ying.

Many others followed during the great Gold Rush of the early 1850s looking to make their home and fortune.

Through their hard physical work and the determination to make a good life and provide a good education for their children, Chinese Australians have excelled academically. This is the year of the monkey which symbolises cleverness. 2016

This country has felt deep appreciation for the genius of surgeons such as heart surgeon the late Victor Chang and neurologist, Charlie Teo who have saved, and through their research, continue to save countless lives.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Chinese a very safe and happy Lunar New Year.

“I think this will be a very good year,” he said.

世邦魏理仕民用住宅部门的主席贾斯汀·布朗(Justin Brown)解释说,开发商在拖延他们的项目。




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MERITON ‘DESTINATION’ MACQUARIE PARK SITE … is Sydney surpassing the grey smog of China’s cities?

An ECOLOGISTs urban sensors show us just how hot Western Sydney is getting

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Dr Sebastian Pfautsch:

“I wouldn’t be surprised to find 50-plus degrees somewhere in Penrith this summer, because the weather station has already recorded 48.3, and that’s at the weather station site. We could see 52, 53, 54 degrees in some locations, just because of the way that the urban matrix is configured, where you have very little green space, where you have retained heat that helps to accelerate and accumulate heatwave temperatures.”



Cities, places and the people who make them

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch
Dr Sebastian Pfautsch is using sensors to increase our knowledge and awareness of urban heat issues.


Extreme measures: An ecologist’s urban sensors show us just how hot Western Sydney is getting

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch is working with Penrith City Council to quantify temperatures in what is fast becoming one of the world’s hottest cities. His hope? An urgent change in the way we design our cities.


onDecember 12, 2019

Foreground: You graduated from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 2007 with a Phd in Forest Ecosystem Science.

How does someone interested in forest ecology end up installing heat sensors in the city?

Sebastian Pfautsch: My specialty is understanding trees and their water transport system, and therefore their cooling capacity, in relation to climate change, summer drought and heatwaves. Now I’m using all this fundamental knowledge to apply it to the real world; going out and installing temperature sensors in trees, to compare how different species can help reduce urban heat.

We started with this research looking at tree canopies in early learning centres for kids. We looked at the amount and quality of shade in those outdoor play spaces, which can influence the amount of time you can spend outside. We know that climate change conditions mean that you have hotter summers. That in itself creates a problem when you want to play outdoors, because you have less time available to you; you can only play in the early morning and maybe in the late afternoon, when it’s cooled down again. If you design a play space with no shade or the wrong materials, then you create a place that cannot be used for long. In the morning it heats up very quickly, stores the heat throughout the day and only cools down very slowly in the afternoon and early evening. So you then create a problem on top of climate warming where you have even less time available for the kids to engage in play and exercise.

That small project exploded into full-scale research programs called ‘Cool Schools’ and ‘Cool Playgrounds’. I also look at car parks and all sorts of different locations in urban space where trees may not exist, to find strategies to cool these places down. In playgrounds I measure up to 100 degrees Celsius surface temperature. In car parks I see up to 80 degrees surface temperature. And of course, that layer of bitumen in the carparks has a huge thermal mass and only re-radiates the heat very slowly, contributing to the Urban Heat Island Effect, most notably at night.

“The whole greater Sydney basin is absolutely bone dry at the moment. That means you have very little benefit from evaporative cooling, which has far reaching implications” – Dr Sebastian Pfautsch @westernsydneyu

Foreground: How do trees’ water transport systems help to cool urban spaces?

Sebastian Pfautsch: Evaporative cooling happens during that physical transformation from the liquid state of water to the gaseous state of water. That transformation, which takes place in the leaf, uses energy. This energy is provided by solar radiation. So, when water is transpired from a leaf, the leaf is cooled, and this cooling helps to bring air temperatures down. That is the cooling benefit you get when the tree has water to support transpiration.

Heat becomes an issue in summer, and during this time we also have very little water available. That means trees shut down their transpiration stream to preserve water, so they don’t suffer from what we call hydraulic collapse. The water menisci that span from the roots, where trees take up water from the soil, to the leaves, where they transpire, are like little rubber bands. The hotter the air and the less water in the soil, the harder is the pull. You can stretch the menisci, but if you overstretch, they snap. It’s very difficult for a tree to repair that damage, so for prevention they just shut down transpiration, therefore don’t lose any more water. But for urban space that of course also means that evaporative cooling stops. Shading is then the only benefit that you get.

Now, take the whole greater Sydney basin at the moment. It’s absolutely bone dry out there. That means you have very, very little benefit from evaporative cooling, which has far reaching implications, much more than local shade, as evaporative cooling cools the air and not just the surface. Therefore, evaporative cooling is reaching far beyond your actual tree.

Urban heat accumulates in exposed hard surfaces, such as roads.
Heat accumulates in exposed hard surfaces, such as roads and car parks.

“Green infrastructure is vital to provide a liveable climate for Western Sydney. Without trees, it just becomes unbearable” – Dr Sebastian Pfautsch @westernsydneyu

*Foreground: Is the solution to urban heat problems simply planting more trees?

*Sebastian Pfautsch: No. At the moment, it’s the Premier’s priority to get five million trees into the Greater Sydney Basin by 2030. Well, planting five million trees is very difficult, just to find the space, but keeping them alive to develop a large crown is even more difficult. Then knowing if we run into dry summers, they will just not provide any transpirative cooling benefits. It raises a lot of questions. Just think about what it means to grow these additional trees under the current water restrictions. Every new tree in the ground is super, but tackling urban heat requires more.

*We know that green infrastructure is vital when you want to provide a livable climate for a place like Western Sydney. Without trees, summer heat just becomes unbearable. In the new developments out West, you have blocks that are nearly completely covered by houses with black roofs. There’s simply no space to grow a meaningful canopy. This situation means we need to rethink how we plan, build and live. *

“We could see 52, 53, 54 degrees in some locations in Penrith, just because of the way that the urban matrix is configured” – Dr Sebastian Pfautsch @westernsydneyu

*Foreground: So it’s fair to say you’re less than enthusiastic about the way Western Sydney is currently developing?

Sebastian Pfautsch: Just look into other countries where traditionally you had hot climates. People would never ever put a black roof on their house. It’s just completely opposite from what logic would tell you. I’m doing quite a bit of research using thermal cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles, drones. You can just see these black roof constructions everywhere. It’s a fashion more than any understanding of what’s actually happening to your microclimate when you build like that. The house heats up much quicker, it stores more heat, and because you have no space for trees, there is little natural cooling.

You end up with a large electricity bill because you need to run the air conditioning a lot. As everyone is doing exactly that, the additional heat vented from A/C systems does certainly not help to cool your suburb.

*There is cool roof technology available. You can have whatever roof material you want and then just paint it in this reflective paint that reduces the absorption of infrared radiation. We’re using this type of technology also on roads and car parks these days. So, this stuff is available, but nobody out west is putting it on. *

Foreground: Tell us a little bit about your work with Penrith City Council. What’s driving this project?

Sebastian Pfautsch: Penrith is the hottest place in the greater Sydney area. They only have one weather station available to them, which is out at the Sailing and Regatta Stadium, so it’s close to water plus a lot of open green space. And that’s where the official measurements for temperature for Penrith come from. I know from my previous studies with Parramatta, Cumberland, Campbelltown, that once you move away from those weather stations and you get into urban space, where you have hard surfaces, buildings, traffic, and so on, you have very different temperatures. We saw that you could have discrepancies of up to 22 more days above 40 degrees recorded in urban space compared to a weather station from the Bureau of Meteorology.

I wouldn’t be surprised to find 50-plus degrees somewhere in Penrith this summer, because the weather station has already recorded 48.3, and that’s at the weather station site. We could see 52, 53, 54 degrees in some locations, just because of the way that the urban matrix is configured, where you have very little green space, where you have retained heat that helps to accelerate and accumulate heatwave temperatures. I recorded a heatwave in Campbeltown at the end of last year where you had nine consecutive days above 38 degrees, from the 25th of December to the second of January 2019. And that was last year, which wasn’t an extraordinarily hot summer. But this coming summer might be.

We are excited to get to show some of our research at the Cooling the City Masterclass event. Our research and the event are parts of the larger strategy by Penrith Council to raise awareness around the serious impacts heat has on so many aspects of urban life.

Unshaded footpaths can hold heat within the landscape for long periods of time.
Unshaded footpaths can hold heat within the landscape for long periods of time.

“Once they see the evidence, people will hopefully start to think about what they’re locking themselves into. The way we develop Western Sydney at the moment can’t continue” – Dr Sebastian Pfautsch @westernsydneyu

Foreground: What are you hoping to achieve with your Penrith project?

*Sebastian Pfautsch: To really wake people up, make them aware of the dangerous levels of heat we are already exposing ourselves to, and then use that information to have a go at how we build in the West. Because once they see the evidence, people will hopefully start to think about what they’re locking themselves into.

*The way we develop western Sydney at the moment can’t continue. All of these developments use the same principle of squeezing as many free-standing houses as possible into a limited space.

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*Sebastian Pfautsch: Where space is very expensive, you chop it up into little blocks. You have very little space left for gardens or communal green space. You have lots of space that you plaster with concrete or bitumen. You provide, for example, walkways in each of those new developments, on both sides of the streets. But nobody’s walking there anymore – it’s too hot!

So why do we need two sides with walkways? Could we just have one, and then make the other green again?

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch conducting field research in urban heat.
Dr Sebastian Pfautsch conducting field research in urban heat.

The data that we collected for Cumberland is already used to inform their master plan and the development control plan. Campbelltown is using the findings from the report that I presented to them for their strategic planning.

I would like to see councils starting to advertise ‘cool zones’, urban areas dominated by green infrastructure. I put this in these reports as a recommendation, to increase public awareness of the cooling value of parks and other green space.

“The fact is we still see a net canopy decline across the Greater Sydney basin, even with all the councils pushing for more green infrastructure” – Dr Sebastian Pfautsch @westernsydneyu

Foreground: So how would we go about getting more water into the landscape in these urban environments?

Sebastian Pfautsch: There’s a big push towards water sensitive urban design and opening up surfaces instead of providing more and more impervious surfaces.

*You can do that for example in carparks and driveways by using compacted sandstone or other porous materials instead of bitumen, which allows water to seep through and become available for plants.

In the middle of streets, you can have green spaces and angle the street towards those green spaces, so that when you have water runoff, it actually flows into the areas where you want to grow plants, including trees. Currently runoff flows to the curb and down the drainage system.

Of course, we very quickly run into problems again when it comes to regulations, because road safety, for example, is a big issue when planting trees. There are certain minimum distances that you have to keep. So it’s very difficult to shade a four lane street with big canopy trees. Yet we know that streets are contributing massively to the Urban Heat Island Effect. These are issues that we need to talk about. We need people to have a solid understanding of the current situation, its complexity, and then start to move towards informed decisions that provide real cooling.

*We want to settle another 1.8 million people out in Western Sydney. There’s a clear conflict for water. But I keep saying we just need to think smarter about how we keep that water in Western Sydney. Sponge city is a nice graphic word for this way of thinking. On average, we still get seven to eight hundred millimetres of annual rainfall in the Sydney basin. Climate change predictions say that this overall amount will not change.

*Now we need to find ways to keep the water where it falls instead of channeling it out of the city. That would mean with 800 millimetres of water available, we can grow as many trees as we want. That’s not a problem. The question is much more about conflict for space. When you want to put 1.8 million people in, where will the space be left for trees? *

We can already see the pressure from development that is exerted on the Western Sydney Parklands or on the South Creek system.

*How we solve this problem is a matter of public demand and also political will, because we know that urban development will make the place hotter. *

Providing canopy will be vital to just prevent the materials themselves – roofs, walls, walkways, streets and so on – from heating up during the day, and allowing the air to cool at night.

We also need to implement water sensitive urban design and be serious about it, not just dibble dabble around here and there. Have a whole suburb that you develop to incorporate water sensitive urban design from the very beginning.

*Urban planners and architects are looking to build very large systems underground that can hold stormwater instead of losing it into drainage systems.

*What keeps us from making it compulsory that every new large carpark needs to use this technology? We have a lot of useful technology available. People need to apply it.

Coming back to trees, it is fact that we still see a net canopy decline across the Greater Sydney Basin, even with all the councils pushing for more green infrastructure.

This paradox situation is the result of development and because of mature trees being cut down on private properties. Trees get cut down, left, right and centre because they’re not valued in the way that I think is necessary in a world with a heating climate. Large trees reduce urban heat by cooling and shading. Let’s get serious in valuing that. Retain large trees and help young ones to develop quickly. As summers will only become hotter we will need every square metre of canopy in Sydney.

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch will be presenting at Penrith City Councils’ Cooling the City masterclass, 18 February 2020. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.