『原文』 In the National Interest, AustralianInsider, Australia’s voice in China?
Maybe it is just our natural selfishness and or perceived narrow short term national interest, having total control forever, that creates confusion and chaos in our own minds and the minds of our fellow Chinese, friends and foes?
On the one side our biggest trading partner and arguably one of the largest economies in the world is the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).
On the other side, like it or not, the PRC is a communist country and that fact has not stopped us making it one of the biggest customers for our commodities exports and more recently services like education.
Having grown richer from that trade, we now want to stand up, we have stood up, having realised there may be some values we do not share. Therefore, in the national interest, security domain, we need to act against China and anyone else for that matter that may try to influence our political system. So, let’s deal with it by enacting new legislation!
The fact that Australia presently is a Constitutional Monarchy, a federation of States and Territories contemplating to ask ourselves again if we may want to become a Republic seems not to matter in this argument. Nor that our High Court has discovered and ruled on only recently what it means, to take reasonable steps to renounce any foreign citizenship or rights to such, to be eligible to sit in Federal Parliament.
As Bob Katter MP (KAP) pointed out, that makes many Australian’s ineligible, many of which are of European and or Chinese background.
The Turnbull McCormack Government now realises that problem and Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, (Liberal) WA, is chairing a parliamentary committee looking into these matters.
Currently Universities Australia urges the Parliament to support the Turnbull McCormack Government’s amendments to the proposed Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme; new laws.
Universities Australia states that the first draft of the legislation, intended to keep track of the influence of foreign governments in Australia would have captured thousands of academics collaborating on world-leading research with international colleagues. This would have placed significant new red tape and restrictions on Australia’s efforts to work with international partners on cutting-edge technologies.
The above example is a good illustration of unexpected side effects of laws that are not well thought through.
It has become clear, very quickly to me, we need a more informed and nuanced debate in our Australian democracy as to what national interest mans and how we manage it in our democratic system to ensure all stakeholders are involved.
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Do you agree with the Government Leadership team, that the Australia China relationship is…?
A: Just Fine
B: Will recover by itself
C: Needs to be addressed