This is the editorial in The Age today: China revelations a major wake-up call. This is how it ends, and I agree with every word:
Australia finds itself in new territory, grappling with a relationship based on shared economic interests but, as China brandishes its meddling authoritarian ways, at ideological odds. The latest revelations are a major wake-up call for Australia to ensure it protects itself, and its way of life.
These are the lead stories on The Age Online website. Preservation of our way of life you would hope is more important than foreign trade.
Bo ‘Nick’ Zhao was in trouble financially when he said he was approached with a million-dollar offer to become China’s man in Federal Parliament. ASIO released an extraordinary statement late on Sunday about the latest revelations.
The Morrison government has assured Australians the nation’s domestic spy agency is investigating claims from a potential Chinese defector that China tried to get a spy elected to Federal Parliament.
The election was seen as a test of community support for protests that continue after five months, with establishment figures campaigning on the need to restore stability.
- by Alex Joske