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There are legitimate questions about Liu’s past connections to associations with direct or indirect links with the Chinese Communist Party. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Asking questions about Gladys Liu is not racist

Liu's disastrous interview on Sky News forced the government into a full scale defence of her, saying that Labor, in pursuing her, was being “xenophobic” and “grubby”.
Liu won the marginal seat of Chisholm at the May election, making history as the first female Chinese-Australian MP. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Liu defends herself after concerns about her Chinese associations

Following a politically disastrous interview, Liberal MP Gladys Liu has issued a statement strongly proclaiming her loyalty to Australia and her support for the government's policy on China.
Sam Dastyari advised Murnain to go to the party’s lawyer as donations from property developers are illegal under the NSW law. Joel Carrett/AAP

NSW ALP secretary suspended after revelations about Huang Xiangmo money

The NSW Labor party's general secretary Kaila Murnain was suspended on Wednesday night after sensational evidence about an alleged $100,000 donation from Chinese property developer Huang Xiangmo.
According to the ABC, newly elected MP Gladys Liu is tied to an organisation that’s part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front, which exerts influence among the Chinese diaspora. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Inside China’s vast influence network – how it works, and the extent of its reach in Australia

United Front's mission is to unite those who can help the Communist Party achieve its goals and neutralise its critics. This includes many influential members of the Chinese diaspora.
Former senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and Sam Dastyari announce the public interest journalism inquiry in May 2017. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bad politics shouldn’t sink good ideas for public interest journalism

The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.
Former trade minister Andrew Robb walked from parliament into a high-paying post with a Chinese company. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Chinese influence compromises the integrity of our politics

This week’s ABC Four Corners/Fairfax expose of Chinese activities in Australia is alarming not just for its revelations about a multi-fronted pattern of influence-seeking but also for what it says about…

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