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Australia Shaoquett Moselmane should be suspended from NSW Parliament during investigations, Dominic Perrottet says

11:16  27 june  2020
11:16  27 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane's home, office raided by police

  NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane's home, office raided by police NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay says allegations Chinese government agents have infiltrated MP Shaoquett Moselmane's office are "dreadfully concerning" and that his party membership will be suspended.NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay confirmed she was aware of the raids, and that the party would suspend Mr Moselmane's membership.

Image caption Shaoquett Moselmane has been a member of NSW parliament since 2009. An Australian lawmaker is to be suspended from Authorities raided the home and office of Shaoquett Moselmane , a New South Wales state politician, on Friday. Police and intelligence agencies said it

On Friday the NSW ALP leader, Jodi McKay, said Moselmane ’s membership of the party would be suspended immediately pending the investigation . The Sydney Morning Herald reported last year that Moselmane had taken nine privately funded trips to China since entering parliament in 2009.

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Mr Moselmane's Labor Party membership has been suspended. (Supplied: Shaoquett Moselmane) © Provided by ABC News Mr Moselmane's Labor Party membership has been suspended. (Supplied: Shaoquett Moselmane)

Embattled MP Shaoquett Moselmane should be suspended from NSW Parliament while being investigated by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet says.

Federal agents yesterday raided his home and office and Mr Moselmane's Labor Party membership was suspended amid allegations Chinese government agents had infiltrated his office.

Mr Moselmane has been a vocal critic of the laws that were tightened in 2018 amid concern among Australia's spy chiefs over the threat of espionage from foreign powers.

Police investigate NSW Labor MP and staffer over foreign interference allegations

  Police investigate NSW Labor MP and staffer over foreign interference allegations Federal officials have interviewed Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations Chinese government agents have infiltrated the political office of the NSW’s politician. On Friday, the Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home and parliamentary offices of the NSW Labor MP and the home of his part-time staffer John Zhang.

* Mr Moselmane is suspended from the NSW Labor party after his suburban Sydney home was searched by federal police and ASIO amid foreign interference allegations with links to China. NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay said he would no longer sit in the Labor parliamentary caucus.

Shaoquett Chaher Moselmane (born 1965), an Australian politician is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2009

Today, Mr Perrottet called for his suspension from the NSW Parliament, saying the last 24 hours had been "incredibly concerning".

"In light of the lack of action taken by the leader of the Opposition and the NSW Labor Party, we are seeking to suspend Mr Moselmane from the NSW Parliament until such time as these matters are resolved," he said.

"What we have seen here, and it's completely from our view, from the Government's perspective, an untenable situation for a member to remain in the NSW Parliament whilst being investigated by ASIO and the AFP.

"Mr Moselmane is entitled to the presumption of innocence, that's why we are not seeking to expel him."

Mr Moselmane was allowed to return home after hours of questioning following raids on his home and office on Friday, and NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay said the party would suspend his membership.

Calls for a Royal Commission into Chinese interference follow ASIO inquiry

  Calls for a Royal Commission into Chinese interference follow ASIO inquiry There have been calls for a Royal Commission into Chinese interference, as Australian intelligence agencies investigate a state Labor MP. The New South Wales government is now moving to suspend New South Wales Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane from Parliament, saying the allegations strike at the heart of our democracy. The Australian Federal Police raided the home of Mr Moselmane on Friday as part of an ongoing investigation headed by counter-espionage agency ASIO. It was later revealed the AFP also raided the home and Sydney business of a part-time staffer to Mr Moselmane, John Zhang.

Shaoquett Moselmane (pictured) is outspoken in his praise for the Chinese Communist Party and the authoritarian leadership Xi Jinping. 'It's been an investigation that has been going on for some time. It's elevated to a new level today,' Prime Minister Morrison told reporters at today's media conference.

The latest Shaoquett Moselmane news, articles and analysis from the The Sydney Morning Herald. NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane to be suspended after raids probing China links. Labor leader Jodi McKay said she had asked the NSW Labor head office to suspend Mr Moselman from the party.

On Friday, she said Labor was co-operating with the agencies involved.

"He will no longer sit on the Caucus, he will no longer be a Labor Party member. It's dreadfully concerning, it's terrible," she said.

"There is an expectation on MPs that whatever they do it is in the best interests of the people of this state."

But Mr Perrottet described her response as "inadequate".

"We call on the leader of the Opposition to support the NSW Government in this decision, it is one we need to take together as a Parliament to ensure the integrity of our democracy," he said.

"These are matters that should have been resolved by the NSW Labor Party. They've had 24 hours to act."

Yesterday's raids come amid a backdrop of increasing scrutiny about Chinese influence within NSW Labor.

Last year, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) heard Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo gave $100,000 in cash to a senior NSW Labor official, in breach of electoral funding laws, after a 2015 'rubber-chicken' dinner.

There is no suggestion Mr Moselmane was involved in that separate incident, and the ICAC is yet to hand down its findings.

However, Mr Moselmane has been critical of the fact his close relationship with China — a country he has visited at least 15 times — has come under the microscope.

He became the first Muslim MP in the NSW Parliament when he joined the Upper House in 2009 to fill a vacancy.

The former Mayor of Rockdale arrived in Australia from Lebanon in 1977 and has been a passionate anti-racism campaigner and regular attendee at Chinese cultural events.

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