This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Australia passes foreign influence laws, targeting China China’s tech giant Huawei considered a threat to Australia’s security China activists accuse Australia of anti-China racism Australia passes foreign influence laws, targeting China Australia’s parliament on Thursday passed sweeping new foreign influence laws targeting secret attempts by foreign spies to influence Australia’s politicians, media, ethnic groups and civil society organizations. Espionage, treason and treachery offenses will be expanded, with harsh criminal penalties. The bills also set up a register of foreign lobbyists, forcing anyone working in Australia “on behalf” of a foreign government to publicly reveal themselves. The laws respond to allegations that foreign countries are trying access classified information about Australia’s global alliances and military, as well as economic and energy systems. Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter said: This sends a strong message to those who would seek to undermine our way of life that Australia is acutely aware of activities against our national security and will continue to take the steps necessary to thwart their activities. The laws do not mention China, but it is clear that China and Chinese agents are the targets of the laws. Lawmakers who opposed the laws said that they… Read full this story
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