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Shocked Katter says $500M federal funds for Olympics should be used for irrigating food crops in the west

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has slammed the Federal Government for its plans to co-fund the 2032 Brisbane Olympics, pouring a billion dollars into a two-week sporting event, while nation-building projects like the Hughenden Irrigation Project are shovel-ready and will thrust Australia forward in its pursuit of self-sufficiency by feeding the country and populating inland Australia.

Bob Katter says black cracking clay soil, some of the best in Australia, is ready for irrigation water near Hughenden North Queensland, all that is needed is federal funds which to his horror have been diverted to prop up a bankrupt Queensland Labor Party for Olympic Games which may never happen. pic Qld Times

An exasperated Mr Katter said he was shocked and in disbelief upon learning that the Prime [1]Minister has confirmed the Government would invest 50 per cent of the funding for all the major infrastructure of projects like the proposed Gabba knock-down and rebuild likely to cost about $1bn.

He warned that the unprecedented announcement reeked of a PR, vote-buying campaign and that Australia should be injecting funding into areas that make the country sensibly self-sufficient.

“The ancient Athenians said, “let the games begin,” but since time immemorial, rulers have assumed that the people are so bloody stupid that they can be bought off with a football match,” he said.

“That $500 million would build the Hughenden Irrigation owner/occupier ballot scheme and move 300,000 people out of the Covid-rabbit-warrens of Australia’s metropolitan hellholes, into the highest quality of life in the world and feed half of the billion people that go to bed starving every night.

“Also, we may be able to convince China and others that Australia is no longer ready for the pickings. We made the mistake of Terra nullius 250 years ago; it is about time we woke up to ourselves as a nation.

“Squandering money on pleasure domes may win you some votes, but it won’t earn you a very high place in heaven.  It will earn you a place in the history books but it won’t be a very a comfortable place,” he said. 

KAP Leader and Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter said there was something “particularly perverse” about the timing of the announcement.

“Today we are learning the full extent of Queensland’s hospital crisis, and at the same time the Premier is telling us all to get excited about the billions of dollars both the State and Federal Governments plan to spend to host the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.

“I have been acutely aware of these health issues in rural and regional communities for a long time – across the board there is a growing deficit for buildings and services.

“But now the state-wide status of the health system has been exposed, and we are in dire straits.

“Let’s just hope none of those athletes or Olympic Games spectators need to use a hospital while they’re here.

“We need to remember there is a good reason the rest of the world doesn’t want this event – it’s easy to throw a party but it’s much more difficult to find the money to pay for it. 

“The Premier is the modern-day Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burns,” he said.


[1] https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/seq-olympics-2032/gabba-redevelopment-federal-government-agrees-to-fund-half-olympics-revamp/news-story/c6e28a15b5b98dbb45edc089fdfa3497

Senator Lambie and Bob Katter tell Scomo to tear up China’s Darwin Port lease

Lambie and Katter force LNP to hold Royal Commission into war veteran suicide

Bob Katter says Joe Biden the greatest danger to world peace he has seen in his lifetime

These two representatives, possessing tremendous intestinal fortitude are just that. They listen to the people. The LNP/ALP free-trading and de-regulating duopoly represent only foreign interests and the big end of town. Katter and Lambie represent the people.

It is so important for voters to support these two aussies who have the good of the people and country at heart. The political definition of stupidity is to keep voting for the same people but expect a different result. If voters cannot see that the corporate duopoly looks after only corporate vested interests then these people should not be voting.

Absent Victorian Premier now has more wounds to lick

Federal MP Bob Katter applauded the federal government’s move to get China out of Australian government and backed by a swell of public sentiment is calling on the Prime Minister to tear up the CCP backed lease on Darwin Harbour. He said the cabal that has been trying to ingratiate itself with Australian governments and industry had to go saying he has also set his sights on the large amount of water entitlements held by China.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has scrapped Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal with China, calling it “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy”.

The decision made late on Wednesday night threatens to inflame already fraught diplomatic tensions between Canberra and Beijing.

Deploying Australia’s powerful new veto powers under legislation passed last year for the first time, the Federal Government ended the deal, warning it was against Australia’s interests.

“I consider these four arrangements to be inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy or adverse to our foreign relations in line with the relevant test in Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020,’’ Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.

“I will continue to consider foreign arrangements notified under the Scheme. I expect the overwhelming majority of them to remain unaffected. I look forward to ongoing collaboration with states, territories, universities and local governments in implementing the Foreign Arrangements Scheme.”

China quickly hit back at Australia over what it called an “unreasonable and provocative move”.

In a statement, a Chinese Embassy spokesman slammed the decision which is expected to plunge the fractured relationship into greater acrimony.

“We express our strong displeasure and resolute opposition to the Australian Foreign Minister’s announcement on April 21 to cancel the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the Framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and the related Framework Agreement between the Chinese side and Government of Victoria,” the spokesman said. – News Ltd

The road to net zero is paved with landfill solar scraps and jobs exported offshore

Used solar panels a looming environmental disaster

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, MHR has dismissed the Prime Minister’s statement [1]yesterday that argued Australia’s success of net zero emissions will be won in remote, regional, rural and industrial Australia; in factories, mines, science labs and manufacturing plants. 

The next Greens’ environmental disaster-Millions of non-recyclable solar panels across Australia occupying thousands of acres will take up thousands of acres of landfill when retired

Mr Katter said that at worst it sounded like the words of a sycophant pandering to President Biden in the days before the virtual greenhouse gas summit.

Mr Katter said, “This is just a big sensation over Biden who has been the weakest President since Woodrow Wilson.

“It’s disappointing because I don’t know how many jobs are at risk and it’s about time the Electrical Trade Union (ETU) and certain elements of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) started standing up for coal.

“Apart from a few show ponies in the dying National Party, there doesn’t seem to be anyone else standing up for them.

“And this simple truth must be known by the Australian people.

“This country only has two sources of income; iron ore and coal, and every time you put that glass on your roof, you’ve sacked a hard-working, Australian coal miner. You’ve sacked a power station worker and you’ve exported their jobs to some solar panel factory in China. 

“In 15 years, you’re going to have to find a home for 20 square kilometres of glass because they only last so long on your roof and they aren’t recyclable. Then it is going to be real hard to keep pushing for this silly “save the planet” rubbish when you’re looking at landfill after landfill of old solar panels.

“And the CEO class that runs the big corporations, their forte is public relations, running with the latest ideological fashion. Not the slightest scintilla of care-decency or respect for their fellow workers,” Mr Katter said. 


[1] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-20/scott-morrison-australia-inner-city-net-zero-emissions-biden/100080402

Barron River Bridge out of action for several years. New Highway will have to be built

Local News

by staff writers

Far North Queensland motorists should not expect relief anytime soon from the single lane and permanent traffic lights installed on the Barron River Bridge at Kuranda.

Cairns News can reveal The Main Roads Department has secured traffic controlling companies on a contract for five years while engineers attempt to repair significant structural damage to the 60 year-old concrete and steel bridge.

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and Ron Reddicliffe inspect the massive girders under the ailing Barron River bridge

We can further report that a consultant has been appointed to investigate the proposed new Reddicliffe Track which leaves the Kennedy Highway east of Davies Creek direct to Redlynch Valley, a distance of 18 kilometres.

The new road will not cross any major rivers or creeks and is a simple ‘cut and fill’ construction. Proponents of the new road including the Member for Kennedy Bob Katter have asked the state government to excise a 100 metre-wide easement through the State Forest direct to Crystal Cascades Road where the new road emerges.

The easement has been designed to cater for a new railway line to pick up the existing line at the Freshwater Valley loop. Stage two of the new road would see construction of a railway line directly to Biboohra from where the new road intersects the Kennedy Highway. This new line would pick up the existing line at Biboohra then to Mareeba.  It would exclude the Kuranda Range rail line and tunnels.

The estimated cost of the new road at under $200 million, would be an extension of Highway One, and should be borne largely by the federal and partially by the state governments, according to Mr Katter.

The new rail link would allow Cairns garbage to be railed direct to the waste facility at Arriga, taking smelly trucks off the highway and off the main street of Mareeba.

Pushing the TMR to start the road is Mareeba miner and earthmover Ron Reddicliffe. He said the proposed  road alignment has been known by the state government going back to when Martin Tenni was the local member.

“Martin asked me 30 years ago if I would find a new route to Cairns which I did then he asked me to build it,” Mr Reddicliffe said.

“I told him I would start it as soon as he coughed up some money, but the money never came.”

As we reported on January 19 the bridge structure will be undergoing expensive, lengthy repairs and motorists would have to endure often long delays to cross the river.

It should be stressed the poor condition of the bridge is no fault of TMR or the current government due the age of it.

The state government has found itself between a rock and a hard place and has no option but to build a new road to Cairns, deviating from the tortuous, dangerous Kuranda Range Road which sees hundreds of motor vehicle accidents each year as well as a climbing death toll for cassowaries and other wildlife from vehicle impacts.

What can be blamed on successive governments is the lack of foresight in providing another arterial road to Cairns Airport and the Cairns Port from the Tablelands and a safer route for local drivers and the many thousands of tourists who travel to the Tablelands and Peninsula every year.

Barron Bridge report too technical for motorists; one lane to remain on unsafe structure

Local News

A long-awaited report on the condition of the Barron River bridge at Kuranda won’t be released to the public because it is “too technical” according to Transport and Main Roads Department (TMR).

Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has attacked this bureaucratic double-speak saying motorists had a right to know if the bridge is safe to use and for how the single lane access and weight restrictions will remain.

“Either it is safe, or it is not safe, and it certainly looks like it is not when we get a response like this,” Mr Katter said.

“It’s time for the State Government to build the alternative road to Cairns – the Bridle Track highway. We have given TMR a topographical map of the proposed road and I have discussed this proposal with them and the Federal Government’s Assistant Transport Minister, Scott Buchholz. There is now no alternative.”

Mr Katter will be writing to the Qld Transport Minister, Mark Bailey regarding the Bridge.

“I will demand a copy of the report,” Mr Katter said.

“We are being treated as mugs in North Queensland. The State Government would not be keeping Brisbane residents in the dark like this, and they would be spending money to fix the situation. They are now estimated to spend $7B on Brisbane’s Cross River Rail[1], meanwhile we are down to one lane at the Kennedy Highway at Kuranda with no action from the State Government in sight.”

Rio Tinto rules the roost in Queensland

from Townsville bureau

Mining giant Rio Tinto in spite of its much-touted support for indigenous people on Cape York Peninsula has economically suppressed the Napranum Aboriginal community which adjoins the township of Weipa.

Three years ago an application was made to Rio Tinto by local elders who hold a Forestry Department timber cutting permit, to resume timber harvesting on Rio’s vast mining lease.

Federal MP Bob Katter and candidate Dan McCarthy inspect the sawmill at Napranum which has lain idle for five years because Rio Tinto won’t allow timber cutting on its vast mining lease in spite of a local Aboriginal group holding a valid Forestry harvesting permit. Rio prefers millions of dollars of timber to go up in smoke.

A Napranum native title group had been cutting timber on the mining lease and processing it in their modern sawmill since 1996 but halted production due to management and distribution problems in 2015.

A spokesperson said the sawmill and at least 10 local jobs had been idle ever since. Rio management at Weipa made every excuse during negotiations to recommence harvesting to prevent timber cutting on any part of their lease.

Instead at least three times a year the miner clears and burns large areas of valuable hardwood.

In 2017 at least 3000 acres of prized Cooktown Ironwood and Darwin Stringy timber worth at least $1.8M after processing was cleared and burnt without a single log being salvaged.

This occurs on an annual basis.

The mining giant claimed timber cutting could not go ahead because they had found palm cockatoos and quolls on parts of their lease. It was explained to the environmental section that these animals are not endangered and can be found across the Peninsula and south to Mareeba.

Never mind their fate when clearing and burning occurs.

The State Government, which issued the harvesting permit, has done little to get the timber cutting and sawmill restarted.  It seems Rio rules the roost in Queensland.

The penny just dropped for Premier Palaszczuk – the ALP is on the nose

Staff writers

For Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk the penny just dropped – Labor is on the nose, in fact it is putrid in the north and most other parts of the state except the spoilt south east corner.

For the past three days the entire State Cabinet descended on a languishing Cairns where the ALP has three state MP’s and another at nearby Mareeba.

Comrade Premier Palaszczuk porkbarrelling like a drunken sailor

The Labor Party has realised that strong opposition from Katters Australian Party and LNP candidates in the four, key Labor held seats could see all four sitting members exit parliament after the October 31 election and the Premier lose government.

Like a drowning man clutching at straws the Premier is lashing out with obscure, expensive projects trying to ooze into the duopoly’s pork barrel.

But the genie is already out of the barrel with the Bradfield Inland Irrigation Scheme, incidentally, which federal MP Bob Katter has been talking up for three decades.

Katter’s Australian Party Leader Robbie Katter warned North Queenslanders to be wary of lip service from both Labor and the LNP as the Brisbane-based parties attempt to out-bid one another as the number one supporters of the game-changing Revised Bradfield Scheme.

Mr Katter has thrown cold water on an announcement today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that economist Professor Ross Garnaut will head the State Government’s review of proposals for the long-awaited, drought-busting scheme first proposed in the 1930s.

The discredited, token, ALP mouthpiece Professor Ross Garnaut should stick to economics for which he could have been trained.

Economist Ross Garnaut with his book on how to get rid of carbon dioxide and metres high ocean rises

 

Most people will remember Garnaut’s dire predictions resulting from his inquiry into so-called global warming.

According to Garnaut’s wild predictions ten years ago, those living along the eastern coastline would now be snorkelling  to their front doors under three metres of ocean.

Compounding her ridiculous policy thought bubbles, the Premier said she would spend millions of dollars planting trees on Cape York Peninsula. This stupid idea has enraged Cape York pastoralists who said they had spent a lifetime trying to get rid of excessive trees and thickening undergrowth to grow grass for stock.

One said there are “far many more trees on the Peninsula now than in 1770 when Captain Cook sailed past.”

Palaszczuk is a dead duck and she knows her time is up. She has two local dud MP’s, Cynthia Lui and Craig Crawford who have been unable to stem the outward flow of Labor support.

Cairnsnews can reveal neither has the support of their local branch members and both have found it extremely hard to find polling booth workers or to get any assistance with their campaigns.

Labor Member for Cook Cynthia Lui has lost all support from local ALP branches

Labor sources claim unions have been asked to help but there has been no local assistance forthcoming.

The source said polling booth volunteers from unions would probably come from southern Queensland, provided Covid rules allow it.

Crawford as Fire and Emergency Services Minister has managed to disenfranchise and lose more than 11,000 volunteers from the Rural Fire Service over mandatory blue cards and unrealistic, dangerous, bureaucratic changes to fire ground operations.

RFS members say morale has never been worse or have they ever lost so many volunteers because of political stupidity.

Lui has been missing in action from her electorate of Cook since she was first elected in 2017.

Cook stretches north from Mareeba to the PNG border. Earlier this year she made her frequent absence from the electorate permanent by moving her Mareeba office and staff to Cairns where she lives.

 

Katter forces federal inquiry into communist control of universities

ON the eve of a vote in federal parliament on Bob Katter’s proposed Inquiry into Chinese Communist Party control and interference at Australian universities, the Morrison Government has launched the Inquiry referring it to the joint-Committee on Security and Intelligence.

Kennedy MP, Bob Katter said he was elated for expelled University of Queensland (UQ) student, Drew Pavlou who was ‘the storm-in-a-tea-cup’ that brought international attention to the true extent of foreign interference and control at Australian universities.

Bob Katter and Drew Pavlou address media in Brisbane

“Before the two 60 Minutes episodes aired last month on Drew’s story nothing had happened in the preceding 12 months,” Mr Katter said.

“Now the Queensland Police have finally launched action against the pro-Chinese Communist Party thugs who beat-up Drew on the St Lucia campus over his pro-Hong Kong democracy demonstration, the PM last week announced legislation to crackdown on dodgy foreign interference deals like Victoria’s belt-and-road agreement and today our Inquiry has been backed in full.

“The intimidation of Australian students and academics on campus, who stand up for democracy and human rights, is outrageous and must stop. Again, I call on the Chancellor of UQ to immediately reinstate Drew Pavlou to the UQ Senate and to overturn his expulsion.

“The true fighters who never gave up on this Inquiry were Drew, the journalists and producers at 60 Minutes, Sharri Markson from the Australian and other federal MPs who made their support public.

“I am looking forward to seeing Andrew Hastie and his Committee give the Australian university sector the thorough clean-out and interrogation that is long over-due.”

Drew Pavlou said he and Mr Katter had won a great victory for Australian Democracy.

“This inquiry would have never happened without Bob’s massive support,” he said.

“He was the only one in Canberra to stick his neck out for me. He stood by the little guy against the forces of greed, corruption and totalitarianism.

“I will be testifying in Canberra before the government’s inquiry into CCP interference at Australian universities. I am so honoured to be able to share my story before our national parliament.

“I would like to thank everybody who stood by me.”

Calls for financial assistance to keep Lion Dairy in Australian hands

A Japanese-owned beverage giant’s plans to sell its Australian dairy and fruit juice business to a Chinese company has collapsed after failing to get the blessing of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Kirin struck a deal in November to divest its Lion Dairy and Drinks subsidiary to China Mengniu Dairy. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission allowed the sale in February.

But Kirin advised on Tuesday the companies had mutually decided to abandon the deal as they had not secured federal government approval.

Atherton Tableland dairy farmers are pleased the sale of Lion’s Malanda Dairy Factory to China has fallen through. In a rare moment of nationalistic concern, the Liberal Jewish Treasurer Josh Frydenberg disapproved of the sale

In a move to keep Lion Dairy in Australian hands, Kennedy MP Bob Katter has called on the federal LNP Government to immediately provide the capital that would enable iconic Australian-owned Bega to come together with Norco to purchase Lion’s Dairy, putting the dairy industry back in Aussie hands.

Mr Katter said the LNP had a long, sour history of failing the Australian dairy industry between deregulation and then “conning” the farmers into joining the dairy co-op, Dairy Farmers, and then immediately selling to a foreign corporation.

“The dairy farmers were sold out when they were conned into joining this big corporation under the illusion it would be “farmer owned”. As soon as they joined, the blokes that ran it immediately sold it out to foreign corporation.

“The northern dairy area is maybe the biggest dairy area in Australia – the Atherton Tablelands once had 250 dairymen and now we have 50.

“And so to then see the Government sitting on the side-lines while China was buying Lion, the biggest milk processor in Australia – the country was disgusted. Every Australian was disgusted.”

Mr Katter said that every single political party apart from the LNP were now in favour of a minimum price scheme and that supporting the sale of Lion to Bega would be a small step in righting the wrong that was bestowed upon dairymen around Australia in 2001 when the industry was deregulated.

“The President of the KAP is Shane Paulger, one of Queensland’s bigger dairymen, who together with the dairy industry have been fighting for the restoration of the minimum price scheme for 20 years.

“Deregulation has been an absolute tragedy and travesty; it has been the destruction of the industry.

“Every employee in Australia enjoys an arbitration, which is a proper and reasonable income and that is very good but the governments of Australia will deprive the farmers of the same right to arbitration?

“If the honourable members for Woolworths and Coles, the ALP and the LNP, won’t give it to us, then we might start playing their game. Please God we can raise the money so Bega can buy Lion. If we do that, we will be meeting fire with fire.

“The LNP is the only political party voting against a minimum price scheme in Australia. Even the Greens and the ALP are voting for it and so all we get out of the LNP whether it is dams or minimum price scheme or Woollies and Coles is a “call for an Inquiry” – that is their idea of government.

“So I challenge the federal Government, if you are even remotely fair dinkum then provide some capital investment Bega to buy Lion. Let our Australian money work for we Australians”

Mr Katter also warned that while China had gone away, it was only temporary and that they would be back.

Uni’s need more than free speech to free them from Chinese control

KENNEDY MHR, Bob Katter said a review into the Australian education sector’s commitment to free speech and academic freedom, announced by the Federal Education Minister today, doesn’t go far enough.

Mr Katter said he will continue to pursue a full-blown parliamentary inquiry into foreign influence at Australian universities, which will be seconded by fellow maverick MP, Dawson’s George Christensen.

“In the twelve months following the outrageous attack on UQ student, Drew Pavlou, by pro-Chinese Communist Party thugs, nothing had happened,” he said.

“Since George Christensen and I joined in the battle, and the two 60 Minutes episodes went to air, we have had a prosecution launched against the thugs that physically attacked students who were standing up for democracy in Hong Kong.

“And now, the Federal Government has finally acted with an inquiry into free speech in the universities. I think the Government may be trying to hose us down a bit, by backing down from a full-blown parliamentary inquiry.”

Dan Tehan said former Deakin University vice-chancellor Sally Walker will be tasked with investigating whether universities are in alignment with the free speech code devised by former High Court chief justice Robert French.

Mr Katter said his inquiry was still necessary as the issue goes further than free speech, as foreign Communist dictatorships are controlling universities and their leadership – exemplified in the suspension of UQ’s Drew Pavlou.

“I can understand the Prime Minister’s hesitation to go for the whole hog, as 30 per cent of our exports go to China,” he said.

“But maybe the PM should let China think about what life will be like without the iron ore and coal coming from Australia.

“The other issue that needs to be desperately sorted out is our fuel reserves. We need petrol and diesel security. Otherwise our armed forces are a bloody joke. Without fuel for vehicles, are we going to expect our soldiers to carry artillery pieces on their shoulders?”

Mr Katter said he had talked to MPs from both sides of the political divide who were in strong support of the Inquiry into foreign interference at Australian universities, and he believed he had the numbers to get it through parliament.

Katter to kick the communists out of universities

Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has pleaded with North Queensland MPs and candidates (state and federal) to support an inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security into foreign influence at Australian universities, following the case of UQ student Drew Pavlou who was suspended after he was physically attacked during a pro-Hong Kong democracy rally on campus.

The KAP MP said the influence of the Chinese Communist Party went much further than the grounds of St Lucia. The agreement that James Cook University (JCU) recently signed with Xi’an University of Technology, for joint data science and engineering research projects as well as student and staff exchanges, must be properly scrutinised and investigated.

“I call upon the LNP Member for Herbert to support this Inquiry as he, along with myself, represents the people of the fortress city of Townsville,” he said.

Maverick North Queensland MHR, Bob Katter wants a parliamentary inquiry into communist China’s influence over Australian Universities accusing them of inadvertent espionage

“The Japanese had detailed photographs of every aspect of Pearl Harbour before that conflict kicked off. We now could have JCU, situated right beside some of the most intimate and sensitive parts of the Australian Defence Force’s communications infrastructure, working collaboratively with People’s Liberation Army scientists or on joint research projects in data science – and the People’s Liberation Army is a world leader in orchestrating cyber attacks on countries around the world, including Australia.

“The local brothels could pick up a few tips from these little, self-serving, visa-shop leeches at the universities. Mind you, in the brothels they don’t sell their souls, they only sell their bodies.”

Mr Katter has received support from Dawson MP, George Christensen, who will second the motion for the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into foreign influence in Australian Universities.

“It is great to see Australians who are prepared to stand up for what they know is right,” he said.
“Democracy, freedom of speech and academic integrity are values this nation was founded on.”

Mr Katter said JCU had a number of questions to answer over the agreement made with Xi’an University in May.
“Australia’s leading defence and strategy think tank, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, in 2018 produced a report on the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) expansion of its research collaboration with universities outside China,” he said.

“It said that since 2007 the PLA has sponsored more than 2500 military scientists and engineers to study abroad and develop relationships with researchers and universities. The report estimates that of that number 300 have been sent to Australia.

“For the PLA, the objective is to pick flowers in foreign lands to make honey in Australia. The report says that Australia was in the top five countries engaged in research collaboration with the PLA in 2017.

“JCU has made an agreement with the Xi’an University to be involved in a new International Engineering College Shaanxi province. JCU and Xi’an University staff and students studying engineering and data science will collaborate with each other and be involved in joint research projects. The PLA is heavily involved in China’s global cyber hacking programme and has an interest in data science and engineering.

“JCU must explain what it will do to make sure that no student involved in these arrangements is a member of or sponsored by the People’s Liberation Army. It also must say if it will seek advice from Australia’s security agencies about all students and academics nominated by Xi’an University to be involved in any joint research projects. In addition, the University needs to tell us what it will do to prevent the theft of intellectual property.”