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 It appears Victoria has ceded to communist China?

22.05.20. There is a lot wrong with current laws and a Constitution which when first formulated could not have made contingency for the traitorous actions of a moronic state leader with lunatic notions and the power to enact same. For example: there is no law making it illegal to park FJ Holdens at a 45 degree angle when hunting for moonbeams! Maybe soon? As Daniel Andrews reaches so stridently for the Red stars, the moon would be a good place for the un-Australian bastard?
Daniel Andrews’s Department of Premier and Cabinet has refused access to details of crucial national security advice it received before signing up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Documents obtained by the Victorian opposition under Freedom of Information laws show emails were exchanged between the ­Andrews government and the ­Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade just months before the deal in October 2018.

Source: Rachel Baxendale and Damon Johnston, News Corp

Coronavirus: Daniel Andrews clams up over DFAT advice on China

The substantive content of the emails has been blacked out, with Mr Andrews’s department claiming its publication would “prejudice relations between Victoria and the commonwealth”.
Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien slammed the secrecy, ­saying it was designed to protect “Labor’s cosy deal with the ­Chinese government”.
“With the Chinese government hitting Victorian farmers with a punitive 80 per cent barley tariff, we deserve a government that will put Victorian jobs first,” he said.
“Andrews promised to be transparent and accountable when he was elected, but his ­actions on his shonky Belt and Road deal show he is far from that.”
Victoria became the only Australian jurisdiction to join the BRI when it signed an MOU in 2018, breaking ranks with Canberra, which sees the scheme as a vehicle for Chinese regional and global ­expansion.
The four-page MOU said Victoria­ would work with China to promote the “connectivity” of policy, infrastructure, trade, finance and people­, while acknowledging the state was “welcoming and supportin­g” of the BRI and would promote “the Silk Road spirit”.
An influential Melbourne-based organisation, the Australia-China Belt & Road Initiative, was involved in persuading Mr ­Andrews to ink the deal.
The ACBRI has hired former federal Liberal minister Andrew Robb and federal Labor minister Lindsay Tanner to help sell its message. Its founder and chief executive is former Chinese journalist Jean Dong Its website says: “This organisation will engage pioneering business leaders from China and Australia with a purpose of articulating the ­relevance of the Belt & Road strategy to Australian industries and identifying practical opportunities for expanded trade and investment.”
Before defying federal government security advice and signing up to the BRI, Mr Andrews spoke at an event involving the ACBRI.
According to the organisation’s website, the Premier spoke enthusiastically about closer business ties between China and Victoria, saying: “There’s an energy in Victoria-China relations that’s not been there in the past, there’s a real sense of the opportunities of this relationship — a complex, multilayered relationship, one based not just on trans­actions, but one about trust … a true partnership.
“It’s such a competitive market, so many parts of our region and our world are bidding and vying for an increased share of Chinese investment [and] influence over Chinese policymaking.
“Whether it be in construction, design, professional services — all the component parts of any significant infrastructure undertaking — we have a unique perspective, a wealth of knowledge and a hoard of experience to lend.”
The Andrews government has continually refused to confirm whether proper security or risk ­assessments were undertaken ahead of the deal being struck.
In an email dated June 8, 2018, to the director of DFAT’s China Economic and Trade Section, a senior policy adviser in Mr Andrews’s department’s East Asia team states that a colleague has been in verbal contact “regarding a draft Belt and Road MOU”.
“Please find a marked-up version, which reflects our feedback,” they write. “Look forward to hearing your thoughts.”
A DPC “East Asia and Latin America manager” followed up on June 12: “Thanks (redacted) for your help on this. My executive director is keen to land this ASAP and is under some time pressure from further up. Do you have a sense of when you might be able to come back to us with a view. This is a high priority for Victoria. Apologies for being so pushy.”
The Andrews government said all FOI requests were managed in accordance with relevant legislation. “We don’t comment on sec­urity matters,” a spokeswoman said.

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  • Pensioner Pete 22/05/2020, 6:20 am

    If Andrews had nothing to hide, nothing would be hidden, redacted documents are a demonstration of Andrews knowledge of wrongdoing.

    • Aktosplatz 22/05/2020, 3:02 pm

      Political Science & Economics at Uni. Then became employed by the Labor Party. (Say No More), never worked in a real job in the real world, so it’s quite probable he is a Communist.

      Glad to see ASIO in the wings, ready to strike!!

      • Philippe Armstrong 24/05/2020, 8:46 pm

        No Marxist has ever had a real job. Marx himself never set foot in the places he decried. He let his own children starve whilst he wrote his dribble. Like a good socialist, is about forcing everyone else to do what you refuse to do yourself. All Marxists should join collectives. If anyone gets caught not sharing with the collective or making wealth for themselves or others, they can banish them and cut them off from the collective. Bandt, SHY and others like all the perks and thrills whilst decrying society and wealth. Bandt lives in his posh inner city suburb whilst spruiking for economic destruction-egalitarianism and socialism.

  • luk1955 22/05/2020, 6:40 am

    Lindsay Tanner was considered by many political writers back in the 1990s as a reasonable labor bloke. Looks like he is a true blue communist. Dangerous man has gone to the dark side.

    • Peter Sandery 22/05/2020, 8:55 am

      Ditto with Andrew Robb from the other side. Just shows to me how well the Chinese CP government picks its mark. With all the bleating about this ie foreign affairs being a federal matter, why hasn’t the Feds initiated a constitutional reference in the High Court? You can make what you like of that one luk.

    • Big Al 22/05/2020, 11:07 am

      Hi luk, perhaps you meant:

      “Looks like he is a true [red] communist.”

      There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Komrade Dan is on a mission to beat all of his Labor forbears (Kirner, particularly) on the road to total control of VicDaniStan, and the Chinks are gonna make sure he gets there to enable the disintegration of Oz from a mainland base asap.

      • luk1955 22/05/2020, 10:16 pm

        Correction noted Al. Thanks for catching that.

  • Muphin 22/05/2020, 6:54 am

    Can’t expect much from Dan Andrew’s, he is confirmed communist schooled in China.

    • Aktosplatz 22/05/2020, 9:31 am

      Also has never had a real job after graduating in politics; has no real idea what life is about.

  • Honeybadger 22/05/2020, 7:16 am

    Andrew Robb, remember him, the Liberal Minister for Trade who suffered from depression, was always an advocate for the Port Darwin 99 year lease. Then went to work for the Chinese leaseholder of the Port, Landbridge group as a ‘consultant’ at $73,000 a month, after he left Parliament. Helped Dictator Dan with the Belt and Road as well. Hope he’s very depressed now, looking at what his handiwork is costing Australia but I guess all that money cures anything. It would certainly set him up to live comfortably in communist China where he would really fit in.

    • Aktosplatz 22/05/2020, 9:33 am

      Another example of a LINO. I remember being uneasy about Robb’s enthusiasm for China despite it being a Communist Regime.

  • Penguinite 22/05/2020, 7:41 am

    Robb and Tanner. Two names that will henceforth and forever be synonymous with treachery! Andrews will only achieve “Dickhead status”!

    • Xword 22/05/2020, 8:22 am

      A bit harsh on a poor chap who suffers from morning depression. Make sure when in Sydney after the lockdown visit one of the trendy Boathouse restaurant chain to help major investor Andrew Robb fight his black dog.

  • Lorraine 22/05/2020, 8:17 am

    Traitor is what Daniel Andrews is. worst than Kerry Stokes and Twiggy Forrest. The billionaires want more money, and the Andrews wants to sell Victoria’s future to China… I really do hope the voters are on to this as this Labor Government has made their own rules . by the way Law and order is not a rule in Victoria

  • Albert 22/05/2020, 8:25 am

    Why isn’t there an army of bewildered and frightened Victorians marching on the state parliament with the intention of ridding the state of that treasonous bastard Andrews?

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 22/05/2020, 8:37 am

      The Victorians voted his government into power Albert, no one held a gun at their heads, and they will probably vote Labor into government again.

      • Aktosplatz 22/05/2020, 9:34 am

        Hardly any Opposition of worth from the LNP.

    • Albert 22/05/2020, 2:01 pm

      Bots and Akto, it is not by choice that I live in country Victoria but I do get to talk to many people out here. What they tell me is that they wish Daniel Andrews was gone. I’m a New South Welshman at heart but I don’t believe that it is fair to label all Victorians with the “I love Daniel” brush. However, as Akto has pointed out, there is no opposition worth talking about to rally and support those people. Pity really.

  • Rubyred 22/05/2020, 9:20 am

    The Federal Police need to march Andrews out of his house at 6am in the morning with a warrant for his arrest and to search his house like they did to the journalists. He is a traitor blatantly proceeding to give the Chinese Govt a foothold on Australian soil. The same goes for Andrew Robb and Lindsay Tanner. The Federal Govt needs to change this law with or without the consent of the Labor Party. It needs to be done now. The Chinese Communist Party has shown its hand which is to enslave Australia one way or the other plus all the other countries, even America. Maybe his arrest will shake up the dumb Victorians who voted for him what they have done. Communism by stealth.

  • Greg 22/05/2020, 10:05 am

    So Andrew “sell off Darwin Harbour” Robb is part of the deal. It’s amazing how all that Chinese money he has made just makes him want more. It appears that the epicentre of Chinese corruption in Australia has moved from federal Labor to Victorian state Labor.

  • DT 22/05/2020, 11:24 am

    Cafe owner in Victoria attacked by downgrading of customer ratings on line after complaining about the State Government’s restrictions.

    The Australian

    Victoria, the latest CCP State not island.

  • pedro 22/05/2020, 3:09 pm

    Bronwyn Bishop …. where are you when you’re most needed ??
    Surely there is SOMETHING in our Constitution that would result in the sacking of Victoria’s premier. Talk about a Pre-School Prefect, I’ll bet this bloke never even got to Uni. ( or perhaps nicky reece was his lecturer and marked his papers )
    It was good enough to get rid of whitlam, surely we can be rid of this P.O.S,

  • Brian Macmichael 22/05/2020, 6:00 pm

    To my humble way of thinking, the questions should be directed at the Federal Government, rather than at the recalcitrant, renegade (secessionist) state of Australia.
    I would like to know if the Federal laws allow for a forceful removal of power from the premier, the removal of him from office and prosecute him if possible, deny him from the ability to ever hold public office again, dismantle the entire government then oversee a democratic election.
    Surly we must have a retrospective treason law that applies in a time of ‘peace’ that are applicable to any person or agent who sells out the citizens welfare and chattels of the state to a foreign entity?

    • DT 23/05/2020, 1:16 pm

      “Each of the Australian states is governed under the Westminster system of parliamentary government. Each state has an elected legislature. Following a General Election, the State Governor appoints as Premier the Member of the lower house of the State legislature who can command a simple majority of votes on the floor of the house. The Governor is the head of Government, but in practice acts only on the advice of the Premier. The Premier must resign his or her commission to the Governor if he or she loses the confidence of the Legislative Assembly, either because his or her party is defeated at a General Election or because he or she loses a vote of confidence in the house. (Premiers may also resign for other reasons, such as losing the confidence of their own party).”

      Wikipedia

      Same applies to Federal Government and Governor General.

      Federation of States, former British Colonies, created the Commonwealth of Australia, and Federal Government.

  • Collette Novak 26/05/2020, 8:37 am

    Having lived in a communist and post communist country and seeing the bullet holes in stone buildings because people refused to bow down to dictatorship and people telling lies to save themselves and condemn innocent people how could communism sneak into a democratic country via the side door Victoria and not break any treason laws. If this was China who they are dealing with what would be the punishment for going against the national government. Hong Kong for example what is happening now anyone going against Beijing is going to be labeled a terrorist and dealt with under Chinese law. So if China gets into Victoria there are no borders to keep them out and the rest of Australia will become Hong Kong and it will be too late. Australia is not for sale. Why honour the anzacs and sell Australia out their spilt blood should cry out shame dishonour and treachery to all who dishonour their sacrifice

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