Churches and charities caught in foreign influence net

Monday 5 February 2018

Fr Frank Brennan SJ, Eureka Street

7 December 2017 was the last sitting day of the Commonwealth Parliament last year. 

The media spotlight understandably was on the historic vote in the parliament giving the go ahead to same sex marriage. Meanwhile, the pressure was on Labor’s Sam Dastyari to resign from the Senate in the wake of his dealings with Chinese business interests and of his political actions which may have been influenced by such dealings. Also, both sides of politics were having to admit that they had received significant donations from Chinese businessman Huang Xiangmo. Immediately following the bipartisan euphoria on the passage of the same sex marriage legislation, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced to the House of Representatives a series of bills including the very shoddily drafted Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017.

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