Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Chinese Political Donations to the Libs in Tasmania? Naaaaaaah …

*Pic: What a tangled web we weave … Andrew Nikolic from his Facebook page …

First published December 15

All this fuss over Dastyari and Huang Xiangmo merely exemplifies the power of the Murdoch Press which never mentions this Chinese businessman’s connections with Tasmania.

Why would Huang Xiangmo donate $10,000 to Eric Hutchinson (30/5/2016) through his company Chaoshan No 1 Pty Ltd and $20,000 to Andrew Nikolic (6/6/2016) through his company Jade Fisheries Pty Ltd to support them in the 2016 Federal Election campaign in Tasmania?

What was the quid pro quo?

Before the last Federal Election Tasmanian Times published my article “Political Harlotry” (20/6/2016) ( http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/political-harlotry- ) from which I extract …

Bass and Lyons are critical to the survival of the Turnbull Government and as a consequence the money, like the rain, is flooding into Tasmania from the mainland’s Liberal headquarters.

• Money is now raised via the banks to prevent a Labor royal commission into their dirty washing.

• Money is now raised via the medical world of pathology, private medicine and the insurance industry to protect gravy trains of profitability ( Bob Burton TT HERE: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/weblog/article/the-faceless-men-of-the-tasmanian-liberals-senate-team/ ).

Think Mantach ( TT HERE: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/article/victorian-liberals-made-no-checks-on-alleged-embezzler-damien-mantach/ ).

Think Gunns.

Think MIS scams.

Think Exclusive Brethren.

Think Grech ( Why I faked email: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/article/why-i-faked-email/ ) … or for that matter, just think.

Now as of today think China and a complicated web of political donations before the 2016 election all immediately after the Van Diemen’s Company purchase.

The VDL Company was purchased entirely with debt for $280 million in April 2016 by Mr Lu who aimed to sell the company into a Chinese listed vehicle. This deal was blocked by the Chinese regulator raising doubts over the pledge given to Scott Morrison when he approved the sale in February 2016 that he, Lu. would invest $100 million in the project thereby gaining Foreign Investment approval.

These promises are non-binding and are given little scrutiny so what value was the pledge Treasurer Morrison … nix … nothing.

What is the connection between the Liberal Party, Morrison, Nickolic, Hutchinson, Huang, Lu and Rabobank who lent $70 million to the project?

Where does the ubiquitous Evan Rolley now CEO of VDL Farms fit into this tangled web.

Perhaps the erudite readership of TT will help in fleshing out these interesting connections.

*John Hawkins was born and educated in England. He has lived in Tasmania for 13 years. He is the author of “Australian Silver 1800–1900” and “Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking” and “The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection” as well as “The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold” and nearly 100 articles on the Australian Decorative Arts. He is a Past President and Life Member of The Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association. John has lived in Australia for 50 years and is 75 this year. In two of the world’s longest endurance marathons and in the only teams to ever complete these two events, he drove his four-in-hand team from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985 and from Sydney to Brisbane in 1988.

• Cameron in Comments: … Secondly, this article allowed me to bask yet again in the golden moment of Nikolic’s defeat at the 2016 election. What a divine moment of natural justice it was, for the man who believed that the way forward was to threaten constituents who didn’t agree with him, who treated many of them with nothing more than blatant contempt, and who was nothing more, at the end of the day, than a pathetic schoolyard bully. Having said all that, I would mind hearing his answers to the questions posed by Mr Hawkins. It’ll never happen, but it would be verrrry interesting.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Cameron

    December 14, 2017 at 7:49 am

    $30,000 well spent.

    Two things; I hope no one needs reminding what utter hypocrites the Liberal Party are over lambasting Dastyari–let those who are without sin…

    Secondly, this article allowed me to bask yet again in the golden moment of Nikolic’s defeat at the 2016 election. What a divine moment of natural justice it was, for the man who believed that the way forward was to threaten constituents who didn’t agree with him, who treated many of them with nothing more than blatant contempt, and who was nothing more, at the end of the day, than a pathetic schoolyard bully.

    Having said all that, I would mind hearing his answers to the quetions posed by Mr Hawkins. It’ll never happen, but it would be verrrry interesting.

  2. Lyndall Rowley

    December 14, 2017 at 9:13 am

    John, thank you for enlightening me.

    This reads and looks like … Tas Inc.

    It has obviously been going on for decades regardless of who has been at the political helm. Disgraceful.

    This looks to me like the makings of a Royal Commission, don’t you think? This is way, way beyond the Integrity Commission – at least, in its present hamstrung form.

    It is of significance to the State of Tasmania and goes directly to questions about maladministration and perhaps other matters related to corruption. There are just too many smoke-signals to ignore – there are many other similar questionable cases described in TT as well – the pattern begs investigation.

    Given what you’ve said, and along with many other comments in other threads, I also think there needs to be a complete change from the usual LibLab political make-up of Tasmania’s next government. These matters surrounding Tas Inc need to be a key election issue.

    Tassie needs more Independents and/or small parties to bring change in management and policies – and also bring some much-needed integrity back into government.

    It’s either that or – as I’ve said ad nauseam – it’ll be Groundhog Day for Tasmanians, and Tasmania will continue to be slowly exploited to death.

  3. John Wade

    December 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Australia is at the bottom of a list of 15 countries that ranks people’s levels of trust in their governments, where only 43 per cent of people said they trust the government.

    If the behaviour by all participants in the Bennelong by-election is anything to go by, it’s no wonder trust is at such a low.

    For instance, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said disgraced NSW politician Eddie Obeid had been one of Ms Keneally’s “first picks” for cabinet when she became premier in 2009. Mr Obeid never reappeared in the cabinet after 2003.

    Governments must do more to win back their citizens’ trust, says the OECD. They need to start putting more money into public services and become better at meeting the needs of the entire population, including in healthcare, employment and education. They also need to make sure that all their citizens can access government services:

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/the-countries-with-the-most-and-least-trusted-governments/?utm_content=bufferadca7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  4. Tim Thorne

    December 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

    What these facts show, among other matters, is that Nikolic was seen as twice as valuable as Hutchison. But what does it say about Brett Whitely?

  5. Lynne Newington

    December 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

    He won’t have a hope in heaven [or hell] in getting away with it with your John Hawkins on his tail …

  6. John Hawkins

    December 14, 2017 at 11:14 am

    #4 Tim Thorne …

    Whiteley was the candidate for Braddon, the electorate in which the VDL company is situated.

    As the donations were made to Nikolic and Hutchinson personally for their election campaigns, one to Whiteley may have been considered far too close for comfort. If so it confirms the link.

    This I suggest was a very important consideration when the donor is gifting to an individual and not his party.

    Hence the kerfuffle with Dastyari!

  7. Will Splodgman

    December 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    We raise issues between the TAS-CHINESE connection in our small news providore.

    Taiwania becomes new Chinese province (Oct 2017) …
    http://cradlecreations.wixsite.com/advocado/single-post/2017/10/05/Taiwania-Becomes-New-Chinese-Province

  8. Will Splodgman

    December 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  9. Will Splodgman

    December 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  10. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    China: Get used to it …

    Once we have got used to the idea that China will gradually replace the US as the dominant power in our region and globally, we can then have some realistic discussion around how we can try to manage our relationship with this behemoth.

    Some of their efforts so far have been a bit on the clumsy side, but they’ll learn to nuance their soft power with a little more finesse as time goes on. Our culture of democratic corporatism takes a bit of learning when one’s regime is opaque socialism with capitalist features

    There is nothing wrong with being an advocate for Chinese interests here. It will be very important for us to develop relationships with them at numerous levels because for the Chinese, this is a key element of their management strategy across the globe.

    And in this, they are exactly the same as the Chinese are everywhere. The politics of trusted relationships are key to their strategic goals, whether in the metropolitan centre or its diaspora.

  11. Tony Stone

    December 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    #10, Christopher … China has close to 1.5 million people, that’s almost 20% of the world’s population.

    We have a continent almost as big as china, yet we only have 25 million. Chinese are buying up companies, farms, homes and properties, and almost all are non citizens or residents. They are buying for the future when China takes control and uses Australia as their farm and resource centre.

    When you consider they have taken over the sth china sea and now has a central military and communications eyes dropping and jamming base halfway between china and Aus.

    They own all the of Darwin port, given to them by the politicians of all sides, for money and future favours.

    No different to now, we are seeing evidence of ex politicians taking up high paying jobs with chinese and other Aus and other overseas companies.

    If an investigation was made into how much money political parties get from companies, decisions that give them our money.

    The number of ex politicians, who have, or are working for companies who have donated and benefited from individual and party decisions. You may find a surprising answer, as to the actual reality.

    The most probably scenario we will face before China gets to the point of taking control. Will be environmental or ecological collapse, that will rob many countries of food, as they import most of theirs and there are a lot of countries in that situation.

    Then the chinese will come to take what they have bought and use the essential services like major ports, transport and energy system as a means to do it.

    The real facts are, china or any power including Indonesia, could invade Aus tomorrow and we could do nothing.

    We have nothing, no fuel reserves, no weaponry or ability to produce necessary defence equipment. Just about all of it comes from overseas.

    We only have 14 days of military fuel, and less armaments. We don’t seem have the ability or infrastructure to move the defence forces around the country and a very small defence force, lightly and badly armed.

    So when you take into account the amount of money flowing into the hands of the political system from overseas and especially china. It’s a sign of their intent, in these times.

    China can’t afford to let their population grow any more, with out expanding. Their own country is collapsing under the weight of population, destructive industry, heavy pollution and environmental collapse.

    Look at the big picture in all this and you can soon see, our political system is so bent, self centered and useless, in every way. There is little hope for us whatever does or doesn’t happen.

    The chinese are perfectly aware of all those things and in particular the ineptness and completely brain dead ideological clones that run Aus.

    The chinese even have control over chinese Australian citizens, through their chinese language Australian media and propaganda instruments.

    When you add personal pressure and surveillance, the Chinese government puts upon its students and citizens here. It doesn’t take long to see their long term ambitions and they care nothing for Australians, we will be brushed aside.

  12. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 15, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Sure Tony, our situation under Chinese hegemony will not be as privileged as under the US but on the other hand, if we play our cards right, things will likely be a lot better for us than they might have been under the aegis of Imperial Japan.

    It is worth studying Ming foreign policy and practice as that was a period when The Middle Kingdom was outward looking and expansionist in its ambitions. The voyages of eunuch admiral Zheng He (Cheng Ho) are instructive as to the balance between soft power and force.

    In that sense I doubt very much that much has changed in that respect since the first third of the fifteenth century.

    How the dice will fall for the little multicultural society in the great southern continent is anyone’s guess, but trying to think smart rather than fearful might be a good start in negotiating those potential outcomes.

    In the next fifty to a hundred years Australia will be a Chinese satellite with a large Chinese population, and with a bit of luck and preparedness to embrace that future we can still be part of the action, much in the same way as non Chinese are in say, Singapore.

    On the other hand, if we fight the Chinese in alliance with a declining United States it might not be quite so rosy … and end up on the rubbish dump of history, mourning our losses, fantasising about ‘our culture’ and drowning our sorrows in cheap plonk …

    Sound familiar?

    The Chinese reward collaboration and punish resistance. It has always been thus.

  13. Chris

    December 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Oh dear of dear, how dear, well poor old Whiter could probably give a sermon on the mount, but alas he like Erica and Nick Or Lick has gone, we hope, for ? or worse.

  14. Robert LePage

    December 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    We are never going to get a democratic government of any flavour until [b]ALL[/b] donations (AKA bribes) are outlawed.

    The usual whimper from the pollies is that they could not afford to stand without donations. If that is the case then they could bring in a set amount for each candidate to spend on ads from the Electoral Commission so all would be equal.

  15. Simon Warriner

    December 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    re 14 … and how are you going to get political donations outlawed, Robert? Certainly not by posting comments on Tassie Times condemning them.

    You need to change the players who make the rules in order to change the nature of the game.

    How do you see that happening?

  16. TGC

    December 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Kristina Keneally has indicated China can count on her when she gets into Parliament – looks like it’ll be the Senate – play it again Sam?

  17. phill Parsons

    December 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Tas Inc – always was after 1803 always will be until a real ICAC appears.

    Although an interesting development at one of the branch offices has appeared with Labor taking on the pokies monopoly cabal.

    Perhaps it will be a death by cuts instead of a WA type inquiry into its Inc.

  18. Tony Stone

    December 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

    #14 … [i]”We are never going to get a democratic government of any flavour until ALL donations (AKA bribes) are outlawed.”[/i]

    Very true Robert, and something which should be a priority for all Tasmanians to see happen.

    [i]”The usual whimper from the pollies is that they could not afford to stand without donations. If that is the case then they could bring in a set amount for each candidate to spend on ads from the Electoral Commission so all would be equal.”[/i]

    Much better to give them a one page spread in state and local papers. the internet and nothing else. No rallies, and one media appearance where they answer question a week before the election on their policies submitted by the public and that’s it.

    Candidates should be made criminally responsible for their policies. If they don’t implement them, they get thrown out and jailed.

    It would quickly get rid of the scum we now get whose only claim to fame is ignorance, elitism and egocentric ideological insanity.

    It would be much better to get rid of politicians altogether and save us billions a year by putting all the decision making directly into the hand of the people, online.

    To do that we need to elect more than 14 independents who have that goal in mind, and who can provide policies which take us to that point in an evolutionary manner.

    Will it happen? Not unless we can find 25 independent people for the coming election with that goal in mind and not driven by vested interests, ego or ideology.

  19. Robert LePage

    December 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    #15 … Unfortunately I do not see any change in the status quo.

    While greed and the lust for power rules, the rulers are not going to give up their privileges. Eventually as the situation worsens and the 99% have even less to survive on, they will do as they have done before, and revolt. Then it will come down to who is the stronger, the masses with their pitchforks or the 1% with their military. Either way there will be no winners.

    We are about to see another bubble bursting with the bit coin nonsense and that just might be then trigger that will start the Armageddon, or we might all go out with a bang if one of the two maniacs decide to press the button marked “spin crash and burn”.

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