Oh, and by the way, I didn't say that.
Gladys Liu would seem to have accepted more money from wealthy property developers linked to the Chinese Government than Sam Dastyari did. She failed twice to get into the Victorian state parliament representing the Box Hill area and was parachuted into an electorate in NSW with a a high proportion of ethnic Chinese residents. The Prime Minister said how well she understood the needs of the residents in her (newly adopted) electorate.No sorry have to correct you there, Chisholm is based around Blackburn and Box Hill VIC but everything else you've said is spot on. At the moment in NSW we have ICAC investigating how the Labor Party endorsed Earnest Wong and the answer was that he was bringing in so much money that they gave him his own office at Sussex Street and eventually shooed him in for an upper house seat. It was only later that alarm bells started to ring about where he was actually getting the money from.
There is some question that signs around polling places in her electorate explaining how to vote Liberal were disguised as official government instructions (these were set out and coloured like AEC signs). This would only be effective with voters who didn't understand Australian voting processes but might have gained some votes. But this would be more an example of party dishonesty than the candidate herself. The PM also said that virtually any criticism of Liu was "xenophobic" and later said that he had not suggested that Liu's opponents were "racist". There are hairs more finely split than in that differentiation, but not easily found.We need real, organic candidates from the Chinese community who are not CCP patsies and who get pre-selection because they're good candidates - NOT because they drag in their supporters heaps of donor money. We also need to stamp on any and all intimidation and political activities that the CCP are conducting within the Chinese community in Australia - I'd guess that most Chinese-Australians are pretty happy with their choice to come to this country and would like to be good Aussies and if we allow the CCP to conduct unofficial influence campaigns on our shores then frankly we're failing these people.
The PM clearly denied in a press conference that he had used the term "Shanghai Sam" or suggested that Liu's opponents were racist but later obfuscated about this in a radio interview, again relying on the difference between "xenophobic" and "racist". While Liu hasn't supported China's South China Sea policy, she has suggested that limits on overseas investment in Australia are "xenophobic" (that non racist word again). Just another politician who is representing the interests of her wealthy supporters who can't lie convincingly in interviews. PeterThis is where Trump is a thousand percent right - foreign investment in China is extremely tightly controlled. Australian citizens can't own land or houses in China; Australian companies can't set-up in China without a Chinese business partner. The Chinese business partner will often steal all your systems, intellectual property and business contacts and then terminate the relationship - it's happened repeatedly with large American joint ventures.