Australian State of Victoria signed a confidential MoU with China (Oct 25), signing up to its trillion dollar infrastructure called Belt and Road.

#secret deal, #confidential, #China, #belt and road, #transparency index, #Victoria, #Australia,

Source: Scott Morrison criticises Victoria’s secret deal with China, https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/06/15/26/scott-morrison-victoria-china-secret-deal

This Victorian Labor State Government is still under investigation for misuse of tax money for the election campaign of Labor Party [2].

So the transparency index [3] of Australia may come down !

Previously there was a controversial lease of Port Darwin to a Chinese company for 99 years [4].

This fits the pattern given in [5] and [6].

References

[1]. https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/06/15/26/scott-morrison-victoria-china-secret-deal

[1b]. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/victorias-bri-deal-with-the-chinese-government-stays-secret/news-story/ea3114a4f2aab27ab42fafc8b9adc735

[2]. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-19/ombudsman-investigation-into-red-shirts-rort-costs-1.3m/10281694

[3]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index

[4]. http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2016/01/19/govt-we-were-mum-on-port-lease-to-china-until-deal-was-done/

[5]. https://survivaltricks.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/%e2%80%8bunderstanding-the-strike-then-consolate-tactic/

[6]. https://survivaltricks.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/expansion-by-predatory-loans/

Added after 2018 Nov 08:

Peta Credlin: Yesterday, it … emerged that one of ­Andrews’ key staff was a “special consultant” to a local organisation, the Shenzhen Association of Australia, that is guided by the Chinese Communist Party. This adviser has visited China a number of times with Andrews and claims to have influenced his boss’s China strategy. [7]

[7]. China’s BRI largesse leaves debtors squirming, by Brad Norington, https://wentworthreport.com/2018/11/09/chinas-bri-largesse-leaves-debtors-squirming/

Barack Obama raised the concerns at his meeting with the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull saying he would have liked to have been informed of the deal before he read about it in the New York Times.[8]

[8]. http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4355269.htm

US President Obama privately rapped Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the knuckles for failing to provide Washington with advance notice that a Chinese corporation was to be awarded a 99-year lease to operate Darwin’s commercial port last month.[9]

[9]. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/19/darw-n19.html

Richard Armitage, a former United States Deputy Secretary of State, … “I couldn’t believe the Australian defence ministry went along with this,” Mr Armitage told The Australian Financial Review in an interview.[10]

[10]. https://www.afr.com/news/politics/us-stunned-by-port-of-darwin-sale-to-chinese-20151116-gl0omf

The original sale of the 99-year lease over the Port of Darwin did not require FIRB approval and was only considered by the Defence Department at a junior level even though, as Australia’s most northerly port, it was considered a vital strategic asset.

These laws have since changed after the sale exposed major gaps in the national security considerations around the sale of critical infrastructure assets to foreign buyers and former US President Barack Obama raised concerns about the deal.

[11]. https://www.afr.com/news/policy/foreign-affairs/chinese-buyer-of-darwin-port-struggles-to-pay-interest-and-heavily-in-debt-20170704-gx4ak0

Former ambassador John Berry left his post in September 2016, meaning it has been vacant for 19 months.

[12]. https://theconversation.com/there-is-still-no-us-ambassador-to-australia-but-it-is-neither-an-insult-nor-a-concern-95711

The ex-analyst said the action should be taken in response to New Zealand’s prime ministers’ denials of any influence attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Both Australia and Zealand have been hosting intense discussions over CCP influence.

Australian media recently confirmed a secret government report that uncovered CCP influence within all levels of politics.

[13]. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/new-zealand-should-be-cut-from-five-eyes-over-china-influence-2018-5?r=US&IR=T

[14]. https://wentworthreport.com/2018/06/05/chinas-communist-party-has-so-much-power-in-new-zealand-that-western-countries-might-stop-sharing-intelligence/

[15]. https://www.voanews.com/a/south-china-sea-and-western-naval-exercises/4484354.html

[16]. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-26/victoria-and-china-belt-and-road-signing-mou/10435148

Australia PM frowns on state premier’s secret Belt and Road deal . The premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, is copping flack from the Australian Prime Minister

[17]. http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=117017

The MOU was signed on October 8 and on request from Beijing kept a secret by the Andrews Government; but with pressure from the Coalition and a November 24 election looming, the document has been made public.

[18]. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-12/whats-in-victorias-controversial-one-belt-one-road-agreement/10486996

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.”― Benjamin Franklin

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/88664-when-the-people-find-that-they-can-vote-themselves-money

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
― Alexander Fraser Tytler

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5451872.Alexander_Fraser_Tytler

[19]. https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5451872.Alexander_Fraser_Tytler

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