There is concern about ongoing influence of the Chinese media in Australia. Just days before the Bennelong by-election the local Chinese media has decided to take a hard line against the Prime Minister. A letter has emerged on Chinese-language social media, urging voters to support Labor candidate Kristina Keneally at this weekend’s crucial by-election.
The letter accuses the Liberal party of being “far-right”, “opposed to China” and encouraging the view that all Chinese people are “spies”.
The letter, mostly in Mandarin, also criticises Mr Turnbull’s previous attempts to change the Racial Discrimination Act. “Please select the Labor Party candidate Kristina Keneally,” the two-page letter concludes.
It is not clear who wrote the open letter. The authors said they were a group of Chinese Australians, mostly living in Bennelong.
Earlier in the week, a leading Chinese newspaper aligned with the Chinese Communist Party blasted the government. “If China adopted the same attitude… Chinese with close ties to Westerners would be treated like informants… and be accused of treason, like… Sam Dastyari,” the Global Times editorial said.
Australians can’t let this go on any longer, the meddling must end. The best way for that to happen is for all politicians to support a wholesale ban on foreign donations to political parties, third parties and associated entities.