Australia’s Shadow Home Affairs Minister has met with an organisation linked to the United Front Work Department (UFWD), the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) main overseas power body.
In mid-September, Kristina Keneally, the Australian Labor Party’s location affairs spokesperson, was nominated to run in the multicultural national electorate of Fowler successful Sydney’s southwest.
On Oct. 19, she met with Hung Ly and section Councillor Kien Ly astatine the Australia Chinese Teochew Association.
Hung Ly is besides the caput of the Australian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (ACPPRC), whose erstwhile president was the arguable billionaire Huang Xiangmo.
The ACPPRC is an affiliate of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, according to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which noted that the UFWD controlled the body.
“It was large to conscionable with the Australian Chinese Teochew Association successful Cabramatta past week,” Senator Keneally wrote on Twitter.
It was large to conscionable with the Australian Chinese Teochew Association successful Cabramatta past week
Thank you to President Hung Ly & Clr TK Ly for having me! & I was touched by the framed photograph they had from 2010! 😉
— Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) October 19, 2021
“Thank you to President Hung Ly and Clr. TK Ly for having me! And I was touched by the framed photograph they had from 2010!”
When questioned connected her visit, the legislator said, “Last week, I met with the president of the Teochew Association successful Fowler. I was invited to bash truthful by a section councillor.”
“I tin conjecture from the insinuation you’re making that you’re acrophobic astir immoderate facet of overseas interference. So americium I. What we should not do, is look upon those Australian citizens who person migrated to this country—whether it’s from China, Cambodia, oregon anyplace else—and presume that they are each someway agents of overseas interference. They are Australian patriots,” she told reporters successful Parliament.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, elder information sources assertion the legislator has received briefings from quality agencies connected the risks of gathering with UFWD groups, peculiarly fixed her relation connected the Parliamentary Joint Committee connected Intelligence and Security.
The Home Affairs portfolio is besides successful complaint of issues specified arsenic home information and immigration.
The Epoch Times reached retired to the bureau of Senator Keneally but did not person a effect successful clip for publication.
The ACPRRC gained notoriety successful Australia aft a 2017 associated probe by Fairfax Media, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation revealed the grade of the power then-President Huang Xiangmo had connected the country’s governmental scene.
The probe revealed Huang donated more than AU$1 million (US$724,000) to some the ALP and Liberal Party and different AU$1.8 cardinal (US$1.3 million) to the University of Technology Sydney to found an Australia-China probe deliberation tank.
Huang besides maintained a adjacent narration with erstwhile New South Wales (NSW) ALP Senator Sam Dastyari, including paying his ineligible and question expenses to the tune of $5,000.
Dastyari was subsequently forced to resign aft it was revealed helium warned Huang that quality services were tapping his telephone calls, among a litany of different issues.
Chin Jin, planetary seat of the Federation for a Democratic China, said Keneally was wrong her close to usage immoderate means to make publicity but warned that immoderate governmental figures were inactive sympathetic to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“Changing a party’s views is not imaginable erstwhile relying connected conscionable eloquent and nonsubjective arguments. Instead, it tin lone beryllium changed by elections and astatine the ballot box,” helium told The Epoch Times successful an email.