Nice bit of deflection as usual Don. It's all the Labor Party's fault
I remember two decades ago dealings I had with a former President of the SA branch of the Liberal party. He would rant and rave about them being 'communist and 'socialists' , but was quite happy to do business with them.
Absolutely right. But there's also some potential blow-back from doing business with regimes that don't see government the same way we do and perhaps we're about to experience some of that blow-back. In a realpolitik situation perhaps we have to ignore some of our trading partners' shortcomings but eventually our world views will collide... I think that's what we're seeing now.
Let's not forget that Daystari while was a bit of a simpleton when it came to his indiscretion and was just a sacrificial lamb with plenty of others on both sides of politics have been just as bad.
Daystari was at the extreme end of that sycophantic attitude to the Chinese Communist Party, but then you have to wonder why his behaviour was tolerated for so long - or why he even got endorsement considering how little he seemed to care about the NSW people he was supposed to represent.
And you're absolutely right about the LNP being in as deep as the Labor Party - but frankly I'd expect better from Labor. I really hate what they've become and the lack of anything real that they stand for apart from feathering their own nests. For example, Keating the other night on the 7:30 Report
saying that Shorten failed to appreciate that the Labor Party he and Hawke had built didn't stand for higher taxation to try and help the hand-to-mouth working poor - that really let the cat out of the bag didn't it!
If the Labor Party has no concern whatsoever for the working class then (really) they stand for nothing, don't they? In fact, you might as well vote LNP - at least they're not quite as fast to sell us out to a communist government... at the moment anyway.
And in case you hadn't noticed Don - the LNP is the government of the day and has been for the last six years. If there are problems with China (and if there are they are not new) then why haven't they taken actually earlier? Hastie is just another pollie trying to make a name for themselves in the god bothering, tub thumping mould. He seems to avoid mention of the current crimes being carried out against the Uighurs. Oh wait a minute - they're Muslims and there sure as hell ain't no votes in Muslims.
Nobody - not even Muslim majority countries - has dared to stand up for the Uyghirs in concentration camps. The Chinese government is simply too powerful and ascendant for anyone to try and tackle that one.
I think Andrew Hastie is being quite sincere when he says we need to recognise what it is that we're dealing with - he was given LNP endorsement because they felt he spoke the truth and had credibility with the public, in this instance what he's said has resonated with many. Even the retiring head of ASIO warned of the impending problems because of infiltration of the Chinese Communist Party into Australian political and business institutions. We simply can't ignore what he's saying just because many people in power don't want to hear it
for fear of offending the CCP.
As Peter Dutton said yesterday, we need to assert our sovereignty from time to time; there's no point in pretending "there's nothing to see here" (Fairfax/Nine)