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Australia Questions remain over Moselmane's influence amid international espionage investigation

06:06  28 june  2020
06:06  28 june  2020 Source:   skynews.com.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.

Mr Moselmane was questioned for hours after raids on his home and office on Friday by Australian Federal Police. His membership of the Labor Party has been suspended and the ALP is co-operating with the agencies involved. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet says Mr Moselmane is entitled to the

Image caption Shaoquett Moselmane has been a member of NSW parliament since 2009. An Australian lawmaker is to be suspended from his party following reports his office is facing investigation by national security agencies over alleged links to China.

Senior Federal Labor MPs are questioning whether Shaoquett Moselmane is more “of a pawn or a player”, after the little-known MP faces allegations Chinese government operatives infiltrated his office.

Australian Federal Police raided the home of the little-known MP on Friday as part of an ongoing investigation headed by counter-espionage agency ASIO.

Mr Moselmane’s Labor membership has been suspended on Saturday amid the investigation into a possible breach of foreign interference laws.

'Australia won't cop anyone interfering in our political system': PM

  'Australia won't cop anyone interfering in our political system': PM Allegations of foreign interference by the Chinese government have been met with a strong rebuke by Australia's Prime Minister.“We won’t cop anyone coming and seeking to interfere in our political system,” Scott Morrison said.

Australia' s counter- espionage agency raided the house of New South Wales state legislator Shaoquett Moselmane amid investigation into alleged Chinese influence in the country' s NOW PLAYING: other. Australian intelligence officers raid Shaoquett Moselmane ' s premises over alleged China links.

Image caption Shaoquett Moselmane has been a member of NSW parliament since 2009. An Australian lawmaker is to be suspended from his party following reports his office is facing investigation by national security agencies over alleged links to China.

Sky News understands four senior NSW Labor MPs have lobbied NSW Opposition leader Jodi McKay to force him to resign from parliament amid the ongoing scandal.

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell said a senior Labor Federal told him it’s unlikely such a “lowly MP” could have had any influence over policy decisions.

Mr Clennell said Mr Moselmane is not known for his policy acumen.

“Moselmane is in parliament for two reasons. His ability to branch stack or recruit and his ability to fundraise,” he said.

“Labor sources have told me that Ernest Wong, who has also featured in ICAC hearings around Chinese donations and was drummed out of parliament last election, was there to fundraise with the Chinese community and Moselmane with the Muslim community particularly in Sydney’s south where he used to recruit from a mosque.”

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.

Following these comments, Mr Moselmane resigned as assistant president of the NSW Upper House. NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay refused to defend the MP The raids come after Mr Moselmane found himself in hot water over a series of controversial comments relating to China, including praising the

Shaoquett Moselmane , a Labor politician from a Sydney suburb, recently praised China’ s top leader, Xi Jinping, for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, a message sharply at odds with the Australian government’ s subsequent call for a global inquiry into the outbreak’ s origins.

"One if Moselmane’s Macquarie Street colleagues referred to him as a “dill” incapable of being any mastermind.

"But such was Moselmane’s branch stacking power in the party, he was said to have assisted Bill Shorten beat Albanese with his numbers in the 2013 Labor leadership contest," he said.

However, despite 11 years in parliament, Mr Moselmane has never been elevated to a frontbench position.

Mr Clennell said Mr Moselmane could be charged under the Federal Government’s foreign interference laws.

“The Foreign Interference laws came into place in 2018,” Mr Clennell said.

“There has not been a prosecution yet in relation to them, let’s see if there is one now.

“Moselmane and his staffer do not have the influence that the China-friendly Sam Dastyari had, that’s for sure. “

Mr Dastyari resigned from the Senate in 2017 over his dealings with a controversial Chinese businessman.

NSW Labor will seek to bar Shaoquett Moselmane from Parliament

  NSW Labor will seek to bar Shaoquett Moselmane from Parliament NSW Labor will seek to bar Shaoquett Moselmane from Parliament after ASIO begin investigating him over allegations Chinese Government agents have infiltrated his office.Mr Moselmane, an Upper House MP, is being investigated over allegations Chinese Government agents had infiltrated his office.

Moselmane has not been charged with any crime and it is not clear what sparked the investigation . He did not speak about the investigation to reporters Friday. McKay said Moselmane ' s party membership was being suspended and he would no longer sit in the Labor parliamentary caucus.

Moselmane has not been charged with any crime and it is not clear what sparked the investigation . He did not speak about the investigation to reporters Friday. McKay said Moselmane ’ s party membership was being suspended and he would no longer sit in the Labor parliamentary caucus.

Chinese state media accuses Australia of spying campaign, says agents were arrested in 2018 .
China's Government uses state media to launch an extraordinary attack on Australia, claiming Australian spies are waging an intensifying espionage campaign. Beijing's main attack dog media outlet the Global Times published an article saying an Australian spying operation was disrupted in China two years ago.The jingoistic tabloid posted pictures of what it claimed were items seized, which included a map of Shanghai and a compass.It also claimed Australian spies were operating under the cover of diplomatic passports from the embassy in Beijing.

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