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Paul Monk thunders at kowtowing former pollies

by John Elsegood

News Weekly, September 22, 2018

Former Australian Intelligence analyst Paul Monk, in a hard-hitting speech to the Council for the National Interest in Perth, lambasted some of Australia’s leading politicians and public servants in their attitude to the communist regime in Beijing.

Appropriate attire is imperative.

The former head of the China desk at the Defence Intelligence Organisation likened the inexorable rise of China to some of the more successful AFL clubs such as Hawthorn, the Eagles and in latter times, Richmond.

While appreciating Australian Rules as a quintessential part of the Australian fabric, Monk labelled some of our elites as being generally as unsuccessful, in dealing with China, as Collingwood (his team) had been in coping with the AFL competition.

Monk, observed by members of the Chinese media, said it was clear that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been “deliberately and systematically extending its sway here”.

Unlike the benign influences from Britain and the United States, China seeks to reshape who we are as a people, according to Monk.

China’s strategy is different to the Soviet attempt to penetrate. “We know there were Soviet spy rings in Australia, but there has never been a time when pro-Soviet sentiment was widespread across much of the political spectrum, in top boardrooms, in the offices of vice-chancellors of leading universities, among strategic thinkers and opinion makers.”

Monk said that to see former prime ministers, trade ministers and ambassadors – to say nothing of current political and corporate figures – taking large sums of money and speaking out against criticism of our concern about Chinese power was nothing short of astonishing.

Monk likened it to AFL figures praising soccer or rugby in public and insisting that AFL fans shut up for fear of poisoning relations between the codes!

Monk said it was worrying when someone like Andrew Robb, a former Australian Trade minister, could take a $880,000 part-time job with a Chinese billionaire as soon as he left Federal Parliament and assume that taking such a position was deemed acceptable. That Bob Carr, a former Labor foreign minister, is being paid by the Chinese-funded Australia-China Relations Institute. And that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is being paid $1.2 million a year to run a New York think tank, paid by a body with clear links to the PRC Government.

“Is it any wonder that he [Rudd] denounced the foreign influence bill, recently tabled by the Turnbull Government, as ‘neo-McCarthyism’.”

Monk said ASIO chief Duncan Lewis and recently retired Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson had both warned that Chinese attempts to exert pressure posed a direct threat to our nation’s liberty and sovereignty. “I would rather trust their words than Luke Foley, Sam Dastyari or Joel Fitzgibbon,” he said.

Monk said the Chinese used both the carrot and the stick in attempts to influence, citing how Australian journalist John Garnaut was treated. He was offered red envelopes with neatly packed $100 bills, sounded out for a lucrative consultancy arrangement with a Hong Kong bank, offered air tickets, hotel accommodation, five-star family holiday, a job and gift bags of expensive wines.

Monk said Garnaut’s ability to resist these blandishments and then, later, the threats of “sticks”, was admirable. As did Professor John Fitzgerald, a China critic, who had great difficulties in working with the Chinese Communist Party as head of the Ford Foundation in China.

Yet, when publisher Allen & Unwin shied away from publishing Clive Hamilton’s book, Silent Invasion: Chinese Influence in Australia, Monk noted that West Australian mining magnate And­rew “Twiggy” Forrest “became one of a series of prominent figures in this country to publicly deplore expressions of concern about Chinese influence here”.

Further, Forrest said that such “immature commentary” had to stop because it fuelled “distrust, paranoia and a loss of respect”, while Adam Handley, of Minter Ellison, spoke of China as “an ally”.

Monk said double standards were at work. “No one seems to object to Hugh White calling for Australia to distance itself from America and make large concessions to China; nor call for Bob Carr to pipe down in his unapologetic apologetics to Beijing; nor call on Paul Keating to cease and desist from his calls to jettison the ANZUS alliance and go our own way by going China’s way.”

He said that these people were either for a mature debate or were for supporting the Chinese Communist Party’s ruthless suppression of dissent by closing down such discussions, but that they could not have it both ways. “China is not an ally; it is a trading partner,” Monk said, labelling those who could not see the difference as “panda huggers”.

While China’s entry into the global marketplace had been a great and good thing, it was not on the verge of becoming another Taiwan – a country that had progressed in the 1980s by undergoing a real political mutation. “That is not occurring in the PRC and rather than becoming more democratic it has regressed, seeking to corral citizen movements for democratic principles in both Hong Kong and Taiwan,” Monk said.

He said it concerned him that former Prime Minister Paul Keating could argue that China had been better governed than other major state, bar none, in recent decades and, what did it matter if “some detainees” didn’t get “proper legal representation …?” (See Australian Foreign Affairs, Issue 1, October 2017, “The Big Picture”, p14.)

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