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June - August 2019

CHINESE FIRM'S TAKEOVER PLAN RAISES CONCERN IN CANBERRA OVER ACCESS TO ADF MEDICAL RECORDS August 2019

Retired major general and former Liberal senator Jim Molan said protecting military data was critical and warned it should only be held by a trusted source.

“Intelligence laws in China require any company, Hong Kong or China-based companies to act in the best interests, when required, of the Chinese government,” he said.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/chinese-firm-s-takeover-plan-raises-concern-in-canberra-over-access-to-adf-medical-records-20190812-p52gd5.html?fbclid=IwAR0jAhvzoqe2A-0FTYiJTmFsqsyIdGok7Ot4UJ1jORvlEQXITsd1MfF3DCs

AUSTRALIA THE CANARY IN CHINA’S COALMINE: BANNON  August 2019

Bannon says it wasn’t until 2017 and early last year, when Washington learned the full extent of China’s meddling in Australian ­affairs and its creeping hegemony in the southwest Pacific, that the Trump administration set its policy sights more firmly on Beijing.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/pacific-rises-into-clear-us-focus/news-story/6bfb3ae86d7d8f4c14022fc4f83f2865?fbclid=IwAR0l3-4_4Vp8gb82HON7S82Yy6h3eMgTS3ahIKZrnktmVA4uV4CkxoptUc0

full text here https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1293867344112740&id=839088416257304

SHOULD MURRINDINDI SHIRE APPROVE THE “DUDE RANCH” DEVELOPMENT?  August 15th, 2019

It has been demonstrated by 60 Minutes and a Chinese website that illegal shooting by Chinese high-rollers at Dude Ranch (Balaclava) is already occurring regularly. Should Murrindindi Shire pass this company’s latest application?

http://www.kinglakerangesnews.com/2019/07/30/should-murrindindi-shire-approve-the-dude-ranch-development/?fbclid=IwAR2CJMKtLeyrggm8C2ozLURp5CzIASjq9Fe2cyfuIb6ThFSZKkJwLej8gB0&sfns=mo

WOMBATS AND WHALES: FUR FLIES AS 'MR CHINATOWN' HITS THE HIGH COUNTRY

“Wild rabbits, foxes, wombats, wild ducks, red deer and sambars ... a variety of wild animals will accompany you on your happy vacation."

 

It boasts the "full range of equipment, from the double-barrelled shotgun ... to the large-calibre sniper rifle", sure to "meet the requirements of military fans".

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/wombats-and-whales-fur-flies-as-mr-chinatown-hits-the-high-country-20190802-p52dco.html?fbclid=IwAR3KlZASiWTP69ZTSVOBeCKIJF38KI44Hrr5Bg-zygaUYrYPedLgHfCe_Os

 

CSIRO COOPERATION WITH CHINESE DEFENCE CONTRACTOR SHOULD RAISE QUESTIONS

The national science agency is in a research partnership with a Chinese state-owned enterprise responsible for the same advanced military technologies Australia’s intelligence community is working hard to guard against

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/03/csiro-cooperation-with-chinese-defence-contractor-should-raise-questions?CMP=share_btn_fb&sfns=mo

CHINESE POLITICAL DONATIONS TO NSW LABOR TO BE INVESTIGATED BY CORRUPTION WATCHDOG  July 2019

ICAC to examine whether scheme set up to ‘circumvent prohibitions or requirements’ on political donations…………….. It described the alleged conduct as “serious, involving two registered political parties being the ALP and the Country Labor party”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/31/chinese-political-donations-to-nsw-labor-to-be-investigated-by-corruption-watchdog

FOREIGN INVESTOR PLAN TO CREATE 'RURAL CHINATOWN' IN WA'S MIDWEST September 2019

Foreign investors have purchased hundreds of hectares of land in WA's Midwest with a view to establishing a rural Chinatown, including an English-language school.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-31/foreign-investor-plan-to-create-rural-chinatown-in-geraldton/8537422?fbclid=IwAR1gnK9ccDxFBJfLngyTS9ri1JIktvdOPq56buEeJvAgF9SJpZC-jr3xwDc

CUBBIE STATION May 26, 2018

On 31 August 2012 the Australian (Labor) Government on advice from the Foreign Investment Review Board, approved the sale of Cubbie Group, to a consortium comprising Shandong RuYi Scientific & Technological Group Co Ltd, a clothing and textile company owned by Chinese and Japanese investors, and Lempriere Group, an Australian family-owned company involved in wool trading and agricultural property management. The approval provided RuYi with an 80% initial ownership interest on condition that this interest be reduced to 51% within three years. The interest is to be sold to an independent third party.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1195116473987828&id=839088416257304

'UNFAIR': CHINA CRITICISES DECISION TO AXE CHINESE-FUNDED PROGRAM IN NSW PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The NSW Department of Education is scrapping a Chinese government-funded language and culture program running in more than a dozen state public schools, following concerns about foreign political influence.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/unfair-china-criticises-decision-to-axe-chinese-funded-program-in-nsw-public-schools?cx_cid=edm%3Anewspm%3A2019&fbclid=IwAR1vEoaG1880sOUWVIxN_AUnob2gMP2VnEAWN64iuRvmBOu12fuRRiSPfug

WEBSITE ADMINISTRATORS COMMENT - So it appears that it's OK for China to criticise Australia but woe betide Australia if we re critical of China!

CHINESE DIPLOMAT BLASTS AUSTRALIA'S 'NEGATIVE IMAGE IN CHINA' OVER PORT BACKLASH JUL 2019,

A high-placed Chinese diplomat has defended the motives of a Chinese-owned company in leasing Darwin's port for 99 years

The first Chinese Chamber of Commerce NT office has opened in Darwin, celebrated by the Chinese-Territorian community

Chamber NT president Alan Jape has called for the NT to further embrace China's One Belt, One Road policy

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-24/chinese-diplomat-chamber-commerce-office-opens-port-reaction/11339968?pfmredir=sm&fbclid=IwAR3iucw1LT09lhFtw3Vd2bQbdD8lB0Jp_pz0hknexFcUHXg_4VHL12jY19U

VAN DIEMEN'S LAND COMPANY, AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST DAIRY, IN MUTINY AMID ANIMAL WELFARE CONCERNS   27 June 2019

The owner of Australia's largest dairy farm is facing a staff mutiny over serious animal welfare and safety concerns.

Key points:

Chinese businessman Xianfeng Lu's purchase of the Van Diemen's Land Company (VDL) was approved in 2016

The board staged a mass resignation in 2018 over the direction of the company

A letter obtained by the ABC now reveals animal welfare concerns from senior management

In a letter obtained by ABC Rural from senior managers at Van Diemen's Land Company (VDL) to their boss, Chinese businessman Xianfeng Lu, the staff said they "cannot deliver safe, quality dairy products" nor "ensure nor endorse [the company's] animal welfare policies".

 

Mr Lu controversially purchased the business for $280 million in 2016 after outbidding Australian competitors at the 11th hour.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-27/vdl-dairy-in-mutiny-amid-animal-welfare-concerns/11243876?sf214922454=1&fbclid=IwAR3sCLgru4axmcuQ_tXBz2mBpKCuoFj9zpch0ySVBFRnc-oEXmKAl5g-szI

 

CHINA URGES AUSTRALIANS TO GRASP 'REAL PICTURE' OF HONG KONG, TELLS GOVERNMENT TO BACK OFF   August 18, 2019

 

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-s-warning-to-australia-20190818-p52i8m.html?fb

NATION SHOCKED TO DISCOVER CASINO LINKED TO CRIMINALITY  August 2019

an investigation that suggested Melbourne’s Crown Casino had ties to criminal groups, who used the casino’s operations to launder drug money, among other claims.

https://theunaustralian.net/2019/07/30/nation-shocked-to-discover-casino-linked-to-criminality/?fbclid=IwAR2DjmYR3eHkpu0YmpfD_z8MRIcZ1Pv1zGaunkYYTzeFjSR6X6cYu2lx6lw

BEIJING CONDUCTS 'CONCERNING' BALLISTIC MISSILE TESTING IN CONTESTED SOUTH CHINA SEA  JUL 2019,

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-04/beijing-military-tensions-south-china-sea-ballistic-missions/11276318?pfmredir=sm&fbclid=IwAR1gtLubueda1g9bJ6tRiXeOwcEUtXPQ32VL8L7hxvmB1StPPqlloJ75W-0

 

ANTARCTIC NATIONS MEET THIS WEEK AS EMAILS REVEAL AUSTRALIA'S AIR CAPABILITY IS TRUMPED BY CHINA   JUL 2019

Documents obtained by the ABC reveal Australian officials abandoned plans to visit the Kunlun base in 2016, despite the site being deemed a high priority for inspection.

Less than a year later, China's new fixed-wing polar aircraft made its first landing at the same base

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-02/emails-reveal-china-trumps-australia-antarctic-air-capability/11251456?pfmredir=sm&fbclid=IwAR0eKED5rbvkvlntKDX_PxEd8xSNJtBG_0eA1K4WuYg5hN12wHcPvh8Meco

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