Shorten said he disagreed with ‘using people on Manus and Nauru as political scoring points for a debate in Australia’. But when asked again if that meant he would end indefinite detention, he couldn’t conjure a real response.
It seems that with each layer of this issue we peel back, more Chinese influence can be found staring us in face. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the problem, and it won’t be the last.
With both the government and the opposition having put forward their proposed budgets, Monday seemed the perfect time to ask some questions and get some answers. But those answers, ultimately, lead to a lot more questions.
Speculation from Hillary Clinton has warned Australians that China may be interfering in domestic political decision making. Clinton feels it’s not too late to put a stop to China’s influence spreading throughout Aussie politics.
Whistle-blowers have made shocking accusations of revenue-raising tactics within the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Small businesses and contract workers have been among the victims of the ATO’s alleged exploitative practices. Several concerns from business owners were raised about the extent of the ATO’s powers.
As taxpayers, our confidence is hinged on the notion that our hard-earned money is being allocated towards worthy projects. But all too often, the popularity contest of politics overshadows the interests of the people.
When it comes to political party leaders, there’s no doubt that they are powerful figureheads. But they’re not elected by the people. They are elected by their peers.
Like Australia, the US, New Zealand and Germany all receive major direct foreign investments from China. And they aren’t happy about Beijing’s attempts to gain political influence.
Over the weekend, Iraqi and allied forces finally claimed victory in the last large-scale battle with ISIS. That doesn’t mean it’s all over.
The next Queensland election is likely to see Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party re-establishing itself as the power broker in the next state parliament.