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Turnbull to 'stand up' for Australia

10 December 2017

According to The Australian, these candidates are seen by security officials as a deliberate strategy by Beijing to wield influence through Australian politics.

The majority of the candidates who are thought to have close ties with Chinese intelligence and China's ruling Communist Party were involved in council elections.

The embattled Labor politician was banished to the opposition backbenches after reports emerged he warned a Chinese businessman his phone might be tapped.

Australia was setting the terms of a "healthy and sustainable relationship" with China by introducing the foreign influence laws, he said. "They are braver than their activity in the United States".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has doubled down on his criticism of Beijing interfering in domestic politics, while insisting the communist leadership will respect his tough talk.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop had earlier called for Dastyari to quit Parliament after a tape emerged showing the Senator speaking out in defense of China's policy in the South China Sea previous year, which essentially contradicted official ALP policy.

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Further details have been sought from ASIO.

He said he had "misspoken" in the conference, but an analysis of Dastyari's input in parliamentary estimates committee hearings paints a very different picture.

"The Chinese are seeking to interfere in our political process". His comments, made while standing next to Huang, were contradictory to that of his party's and the Australian government's policy on the issue.

The focus recently has been on alleged attempts by China to interfere in Australian politics and universities, particularly in western Sydney, where parties vie for the support of ethnic constituencies.

"Some of these agents are dual citizens of China and Australia", he wrote. Share it on Facebook and you will help keep them up to date and help us earn the ad revenue we need to keep reporting.

Turnbull to 'stand up' for Australia