Allow me to indulge myself for a moment but a lot of people here in Canberra appear to have been caught screwing the pooch.
The ongoing China spy scandal should be no surprise. It’s well known that the Chinese government conducts extensive operations in every country in which it can. I say this as a self-proclaimed Friend Of China.
But if any sort of competence existed in our security services, DIMIA, or DFAT, we would never have heard of any of this. All of those involved would have been in safe houses, undergoing de-briefing and in a few years would have been given a false passport.
But now the incompetence of those mentioned above are going to force this country to make decision we really don’t want to make.
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As a society we deserve credit. No-where else in the world have members of the chinese diaspora been willing to grass on the motherland. It’s a screaming tragedy that our government lacked the wit or ability to deal with it properly.