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Lookleft 27th Jun 2020 07:23

So there was Sam Dastyari, this bloke and Comrade Dan signing on to Bib and Braces, is this network of Labor politicians pushing Communist Party agendas going to be bigger than the Cambridge 5?

Crownstay01 27th Jun 2020 12:39

Remind me, what party did Andrew Robb belong to when he leased Darwin port to the Chinese for 99 years?

Crownstay01 27th Jun 2020 12:46


Originally Posted by ORAC (Post 10822413)
Australian police raid office of Beijing-supporting MP

“We won’t cop anyone coming and seeking to interfere in our political system, in our energy sector, in any area of perceived opportunity for an outside actor,’’ he said.

Unless it's Gladys Liu. Can't afford to lose one of your own MPs when you only have a one seat majority, eh Morrison?

CoodaShooda 27th Jun 2020 14:22

Crownstay

It was the CLP that leased the port. Poor choice of tenant but did bring in a lot of cash we otherwise didn’t have for urgently needed upgrade works. Might also encourage the yanks to build us a new port just up the coast.

Of course, Labor would have just borrowed the money for the works. They’ve managed to turn a $1 billion and reducing deficit into an $8 billion And growing deficit in four short years.

Not to mention an agreement Labor Chief Minister Gunner signed in Shanghai recently that he refused to talk about until pressed in Parliament. Then he claimed it was a sister city agreement. Pure bullshit as no mayor has any knowledge of it and Gunner does not directly control any towns or cities. I expect we’ll wake up one morning to find we’ve joined Victoria on the belted road.

megan 28th Jun 2020 04:38


what party did Andrew Robb belong to when he leased Darwin port to the Chinese
Unless you know something we don't, Robb was probably as surprised as Morrison when he found out the deal had been done, the federal government knew nothing about the deal. Local Labor party Territory government was responsible.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-...-risk/10755720

currawong 19th Jul 2020 09:49

"The Canberra leader of the Comancheros bikie gang has died in a fight at a bar in the city's CBD overnight."



https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-...fight/12470422

WingNut60 14th Jul 2021 13:34

I just read that Tony Smith, Speaker of the House of Reps, has announced his intention to not contest the upcoming election.
I am reasonably ambivalent towards Mr Smith but can't help wondering if we're not seeing the first rat (no offense intended) jumping off the sinking ship.

Ninthace 14th Jul 2021 19:21


Originally Posted by WingNut60 (Post 11078619)

I just read that Tony Smith, Speaker of the House of Reps, has announced his intention to not contest the upcoming election.
I am reasonably ambivalent towards Mr Smith but can't help wondering if we're not seeing the first rat (no offense intended) jumping off the sinking ship.

Rats do not have opposable thumbs and can't work the internet so they won't be offended.

Pinky the pilot 15th Jul 2021 03:02


can't help wondering if we're not seeing the first rat (no offense intended) jumping off the sinking ship.
Never seen the sense in remaining on a sinking ship, M'self.:hmm:

dr dre 15th Jul 2021 14:24


Originally Posted by WingNut60 (Post 11078619)
I just read that Tony Smith, Speaker of the House of Reps, has announced his intention to not contest the upcoming election.
I am reasonably ambivalent towards Mr Smith but can't help wondering if we're not seeing the first rat (no offense intended) jumping off the sinking ship.

Tony Smith is getting praise a for his speakership from all sides of politics, something pretty rare to see these days. He holds his seat on a 4% margin, and you'd expect the LNP to take a hit in Victoria with what's gone on there of late. He may have thought a close campaign is not something he's willing to fight, especially given his reputation as an impartial neutral.

WingNut60 15th Jul 2021 15:09

I didn't intend to malign him at all. As you mentioned, he seems to have imbued a level of impartiality into the position that has not been seen for many generations.
I also doubt that he'd be too concerned about fighting a tight campaign

My thoughts are more along the lines of him not wanting to win his seat only to spend the next three years on the opposition benches.

golder 15th Jul 2021 19:08


Originally Posted by ORAC (Post 10822413)
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a...g-mp-jfdvzhw7l

Australian police raid office of Beijing-supporting MP

Australia’s prime minister today warned foreign powers that Australia would repel any attempt to influence its political processes after police and intelligence agencies raided a state MP known for his strong support for Beijing.

Describing the matters under investigation by intelligence agencies as “serious” Scott Morrison said raids targeting Shaoquett Moselmane, a Labor MP in the New South Wales state parliament, were a reminder of the threat faced by Australia’s institutions.

“We won’t cop anyone coming and seeking to interfere in our political system, in our energy sector, in any area of perceived opportunity for an outside actor,’’ he said.

The prime minister said the investigation was led by a task force the national government established last December.

“The details of that, I’m not at liberty to go into but it’s been an investigation that has been going on for some time. It’s elevated to a new level today,’’ he said. “They’re extremely serious. The actions taken by ASIO (Australia’s domestic intelligence agency) and the Australian Federal Police demonstrate that seriousness.”.......

The Labor Party said Mr Moselmane’s party membership would be suspended. “It’s dreadfully concerning, it’s terrible,” Jodi McKay, the the party’s leader in News South Wales, said.

Today’s raids were the first connected with apparent Chinese influence peddling to be made public since Australia passed foreign interference laws two years ago. The measures were intended to counter covert attempts by Beijing to influence Australian politicians and political parties.......

You do love a headline and stop there.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-...party/12878084


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