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Victoria: is Premier Andrews working for Communist China?

Victoria: is Premier Andrews working for Communist China?

The Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China has a new poster boy.

That is a question even his Labor colleagues must be asking. Also asking more questions should be our national security agencies who have already said the immigration and defence departments were among those opposed to Beijing’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” initiative, firmly advising the then Turnbull Government earlier this year not to join it as it was a controversial trillion-dollar push by China to further dominate global trade.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has defended his government’s decision to strike a secret deal with China to enhance trade and investment, saying such agreements were always done that way. In October the Andrews government announced it had struck a memorandum of understanding with China to become part of its “Belt and Road” program. Beijing’s initiative, which includes a range of ambitious infrastructure projects across Europe, Asia and the Pacific, has sparked concerns in some quarters of an undue expansion of China’s global influence. Asked why the memorandum needed to be secret, Mr Andrews said “that’s the way these things work”.

Source: Fairfax Media

Andrews, Morrisson at odds over Victoria’s secret Chinese trade deal

“That’s the way all memorandums of understanding work and we’re not about the change that policy,” he said.

In July, the Turnbull government refused to release an agreement it had signed with China covering the controversial program on the grounds Beijing does not want it made public.

But other memorandums of understanding are publicly available.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has attacked the Victorian government for signing the arrangement without consulting Canberra.

“I was surprised that the Victorian government went into that arrangement without any discussions with the Commonwealth government at all,” he said on Tuesday from his Queensland tour.

“They’re the responsibilities of the Commonwealth government and I would have hoped that the Victorian government would have taken a more co-operative approach to that process.”

But Mr Andrews said the Prime Minister’s intervention put him at odds with his own Trade Minister Simon Birmingham who had spoken positively about the deal.

“I understood that the trade minister who is in China at the moment thought it was a fantastic deal,” Mr Andrews said. “The latest Prime Minister should talk to the latest trade minister about their policies.”

Mr Birmingham said in Shanghai on Tuesday that Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative agreement with China was for Victoria to discuss, and that the federal government encouraged infrastructure building across the region.

Foreign Affairs ministry opts for secrecy over China infrastructure agreement

“We do consistently remind people to make sure that engagement is constructive and that it respects the sovereignty of third-party nations where investment might be occurring and is sustainable for those nations.”

Mr Birmingham was asked if the federal government would release the terms of the MOU signed last year between the federal government and China on co-operation on BRI projects in third countries, but replied that China hadn’t agreed for it to be disclosed.

“Convention dictates they are only released where both parties agree for them to be released and that is not the case in terms of Australia’s agreement.”

Last month Mr Andrews announced he had finalised a deal with Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye for Victoria to be the first and only state to reach an agreement on the initiative.

It is not known how the China deal would contribute to the Andrews government’s ambitious infrastructure program, which has more than $100 billion worth of projects on its “to do” list.

At the time Mr Andrews said the deal would mean more trade, jobs and investment for Victoria.

“In four years we have more than tripled Victoria’s share of Chinese investment in Australia and nearly doubled our exports to China,” he said in October.

Controversy over the deal erupted again on Tuesday when Nine’s political editor Chris Uhlmann published a column entitled ‘One secret China deal, two deceptive Victorian Government sentences’ slamming the Andrews government for refusing to make the details public.

Mr Morrison will come down to Victoria and campaign with Matthew Guy for the first time next week, as early voting begins.

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • DT 07/11/2018, 7:31 am

    Is Premier Andrews planning to leave the Federation of States, Commonwealth of Australia?

  • seadogger 07/11/2018, 8:49 am

    Folks ..this the work of the TURD….. note who the players are , Birmingham ,Paine the liebor party..all to destroy Morrison’s Govt

  • crankykoala 07/11/2018, 8:54 am

    What next from this commo? A Chinese naval base at Geelong???

    • Albert 07/11/2018, 10:47 am

      Cranky, there has already been discussions at Victorian government level re the leasing of part of the Port of Melbourne. Maybe your thought on a Chow naval base is not too far from the truth.

  • Lorraine 07/11/2018, 9:35 am

    words fail to sign this Andrews death warrant, the people of Victoria should be able to do it at the polls, but most will just tick the box for the stupids and here we go again. Hardly blame them both sides are stupids. The Liberal Party cremated by Turnbull

  • Albert 07/11/2018, 10:45 am

    So that very stupid little turkey, Daniel Andrews, is getting his riding instructions from China in a sickening act of betrayal and contempt for the Australian people and especially the people of Victoria. Won’t release the details of the shonkey deal he has signed Victoria up for because the Chows instructed him not to? Bloody amazing!!!!!

    • Bushkid 07/11/2018, 2:45 pm

      So, exactly who is Andrews working for – Victoria and Australia, or for the Chinese?

      Any politician, of any stripe, who signs any agreement, treaty, deal, MOU or whatever “on behalf of” their constituents (that’s us, the Australian people), without showing and explaining the content and INTENT of any such agreement etc, is a traitor. Doubly so if the failure to disclose is at the behest of the other party to the agreement.

      In another age it would be called treason, and dealt with as such – very unpleasantly for the perpetrator!

  • TommyGun 07/11/2018, 3:22 pm

    The deal is secret because……
    the Chings DEMANDED that it be kept secret.
    And Andrews, praying to his little effigy of Chairman Mao, did not utter a squeak.

  • Popular Front 08/11/2018, 6:56 am

    Q: What some of scruffy ignorant leftist attends a high-level meeting with a senior foreign official and doesn’t wear a tie?
    A: The pseudo-communist Daniel Andrews.

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