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Australia laws to stop foreign political meddling

AFP

SYDNEY: Foreign interference in Australian politics has become a "serious problem", a top official said yesterday, with tougher laws on espionage and overseas donations to be introduced to parliament, reports AFP.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered an inquiry in June after media revelations that the nation's spy agency had warned the country's political elite two years ago about taking donations from two billionaires with links to the Chinese Communist Party.

The probe, by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fairfax Media, said that despite being cautioned, both the Liberals and Labor continued accepting substantial sums of cash.

It said intelligence agencies had major concerns that China was interfering in Australian institutions and using the political donations system to gain access. Beijing denied the allegations as "totally groundless".

 

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