I have sometimes wondered how people felt when they were dragged in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities with Congressmen demanding that they prove their loyalty. Never did I imagine I would be placed in a similar situation. I have followed the debate about our relationship with China, but I did not fully appreciate how toxic it had become until I appeared before the Senate inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities on Wednesday. Osmond Chiu is a research fellow at Per Capita, a progressive think tank. Osmond Chiu is a research fellow at Per Capita, a progressive think tank. I spoke to the committee about the underrepresentation of multicultural communities in Australian politics. Australia’s Parliament is significantly less representative of cultural diversity than Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Instead of being asked about complex issues facing multicultural communities or how Australia could benefit from a more diverse Parliament, I was asked by Senator Eric Abetz to “unequivocally condemn” the Chinese Communist Party. Presumably, the association trying to be made was that, by virtue of my ethnicity, there was some likelihood of divided allegiances. AdvertisementI was born in Australia. Why do I need to renounce the Chinese Communist Party?
Australia is fast becoming The Kingdom of the Pacific show and the performance very Abbottesque (ODT)
In a lengthy online rebuttal, Mr Huang has verged on accusing the Australian government of racism and authoritarianism.
Billionaire Chinese political donor Huang Xiangmo says the millions of dollars he’s given to both Liberal and Labor was solicited by the major political parties, and he insists the government’s cancellation of his Australian residency was “grotesquely unfair”.
The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed this week his residency had been cancelled and his citizenship application refused because of ASIO’s fear he was peddling Beijing’s influence.
“It is profoundly disappointing to be treated in such a grotesquely unfair manner,” he said.
“Bring back Sam Dasyari Abbott says “I didn’t know” isn’t good enough. He was there touting for donations (ODT).
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s CCP influence researcher Alex Joske said the event included “some of the most prominent and active United Front players” to ever share a room in Australia.
“These United Front figures seek to be seen as representatives of the Chinese community but they are in fact advocates of CCP interests. They dismiss claims of the CCP’s foreign interference campaigns and instead emphasise the friendly trade based relationship with China,” he said.
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