A suitcase filled with cash. Image: Australian Federal PoliceChinese property developer Huang Xiangmo gave $100,000 in cash to the former head of the NSW Labor Party, Jamie Clements, a corruption inquiry heard on Monday. Counsel assisting the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, Scott Robertson, said the six-week public inquiry would examine if “straw or pretend donors” were used to hide the identity of the real donor.
(AFR) — China is increasingly reliant on Australian energy and mineral exports as the trade war with the United States rumbles on, crimping Beijing's ability to penalize Canberra for its tougher stance on national security issues. New figures released on Wednesday show Australia supplied 46% of China's liquid natural gas (LNG) imports in the year to June, more than any other country and up from the previous year, just as demand for Australian iron ore has spiked.
Let’s assume that we had no alternative but to exclude China’s top telco because of our own security assessment or the tug of alliance loyalty. Did we, however, have to be the first of America’s allies to plunge in? The UK has taken time to mull the advice of its MI6 chief, Alex Younger, that it was “a more complicated decision than in or out”, that is, just banning the company. Germany is resisting public bullying being mounted on the issue by Trump’s ambassador.