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Turnbull Reveals Huawei Ban Details

When the US government says ‘jump’, the Australian government’s response is often, ‘How high?’

But in a speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says that was not the case with Australia’s decision to ban Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE from developing the 5G network.

Instead, Australia relied solely on its own security advice.

Banning companies a necessary step

The former PM also said that he spoke with US President Donald Trump on numerous occasions regarding how 5G will change communications, as well as security risks that may present over time.

Turnbull says that a necessary step in the implementation of 5G is to ban companies who couldn’t meet Australia’s security requirements, AAP reports.

We were the first nation to do so. And we so decided not because another country told us to, let alone for protectionist reasons, but to defend our own sovereignty and to hedge against changing times,’ Mr Turnbull said on Tuesday in London.

I discussed this issue with President Trump on many occasions. 5G is different.’

Turnbull also stated that he had raised his concerns with the Five Eyes security alliance — Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK — that there wasn’t a leading 5G vendor based in their countries, according to AAP.

There are four leading vendors of 5G, two are Chinese and the other two are European-based: Ericsson and Nokia.

5G vendors a security risk

Turnbull said that it ‘beggars belief’ that nations that pioneered wireless tech have tolerated falling behind, therefore their own telecommunications companies are not leading the 5G charge.

After consulting advice from the Australian Signals Directorate, Turnbull stated that the 5G network would pointedly decrease the barriers for foreign powers to compromise a network, AAP reports.

Currently, the UK is considering its point on Huawei, whereas New Zealand has already banned the company from its 5G rollout.

The decision to prohibit ZTE and Huawei from the 5G rollout was declared only hours prior to Turnbull announcing that he would resign as PM in August — in a media release, the companies were not mentioned by name.

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Alana Sumic

Alana Sumic

Alana Sumic is an editor and writer for The Australian Tribune. She has a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University and a Masters in Publishing and Editing from Monash University.

She specialises in national and international politics and current affairs. She’s passionate about delivering the unfiltered stories that matter to you, on all topics.

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  1. Considering that the Australian government is an American owned corporation, who would believe anything Turnball would say?
    The USA is the biggest spying threat to the entire world, and especially to Australia. We have been sold out and we are paying the highest prices for everything from electricity to internet. We have less than 3rd world standards of service to show for that. The Chinese are pour largest trading partners and they manufacture most of what we use every day. Australia relies on China so much, whilst kicking the shit out of them in the press and the so-called halls of power. That will come back to bite us. Not just with damage to our greatest and most needed supplier of all we need to live, but with even higher prices for services that will be so sub-standard as to make us the laughing stock of the world – again! We are paying around a trillion dollars for an already obsolete NBN, and we are too polite to make a fuss. We are living way below the poverty line and the government sends billions overseas to nations that hate us, importing millions of 3rd world immigrants who openly advocate the slaughter of the Infidel (Australians) yet the government expects us to believe they are concerned with our security and safety? Yeah right, clearly they are filled with love for us. NOT!