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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

Deadly Dan who backed the China plan could be in one of his Victorian courts

by Jim O’Toole, Townsville Bureau

What has happened to Premier Dan Andrews? After it was dutifully reported by Victoria’s captive media he “fell down the stairs and broke his ribs” at a mansion owned by transport magnate Lindsay Fox, his tweets, other than a photo-shopped picture of him in a hospital bed and a “happy Easter” message have disappeared into the ether.

Being a Labor Premier of a rogue Chinese state has its moments and fighting off a flu virus and overseeing the deaths of more than 800 age care residents across Melbourne occupied most of Dan’s time. When he had a tantalising opportunity to visit Linfox’s luxury home at Portsea, fortuitously the highway-hardened truck driver’s son Andrew too was in lockdown at the seaside.

Transport magnate Lindsay Fox’s residence at Portsea

Opposition MP Louise Staley attacked the Premier during Parliamentary question time in January for hob-nobbing with billionaire Lindsay Fox and cracking $10,000 bottles of wine when one business in Melbourne alone lost $10,000 in one day due to a snap Covid lockdown.

During Question Time, Ms Staley asked flatly how many helicopter flights or other gifts the Premier had received from the Fox family.

Mr Andrews said the only helicopters flights he had taken recently were to bushfire-affected areas.

“I meet with many people about many different issues,” Mr Andrews said.

“I behave appropriately at all times, that is the oath that I swore and if the conspiracy theorists opposite wants to make a claim or allegation, go ahead and do it.”

According to The Age there is no dispute that Andrews is a regular and welcome visitor to the Fox’s den. The most recent occasion The Age is aware of was January 9, two days after Andrews returned to work from a short summer break.

It was a Saturday night and the Premier and his wife, Catherine, made the familiar drive from their Mulgrave home to the Fox’s sprawling cliff-top compound that overlooks Portsea’s Point King Beach.

Seated around the table were Lindsay Fox and his wife, Paula, the Premier and his wife, tech entrepreneur Andrew Bassat and Luke Sayers, a former PricewaterhouseCoopers chief executive. 

The Fox family were also in lockdown in Portsea. Andrew Fox, the son of trucking magnate Lindsay, and his family were enjoying isolation at the family’s clifftop compound.

Dancing during lockdown at the Lindsay Fox mansion overlooking Portsea Point King Beach posted by Bella, Andrew Fox’s daughter

His daughter Bella has shared videos on social media of the family partying on table tops in the midst of a pandemic. Ironically, the Mornington Peninsula, which includes Portsea, has recorded 36 cases of COVID-19 whereas the city of Melbourne has 32.

Dan Andrews and Andrew Fox, one of three Fox sons who control parts of the family business across logistics, airports and property, are particularly fond of one another’s company, with a shared passion for good red wines and fine whisky.

Through Fox and friends like promotions guru Michael Gudinksi, Eddie McGuire and multimillionaire businessman Gerry Ryan owner of Jayco Caravans, Andrews has gained entry into the seductive world of Melbourne’s uber-rich.

“They spend a lot of time in one another’s company talking shit and coming up with ideas that can bring their collective interests to bear,” a Labor source says.

Shortly before Christmas, staff who work for Andrews, Andrew Fox and Ryan were treated to a nosh-up at Vue de monde, one of Melbourne’s priciest restaurants. In response to questions from The Age, Andrews declined to say who picked up the bill.

Ryan, like the Foxes, is an investor in Luke Sayers’ consultancy. Like Fox, he stands to benefit if the Andrews government backs  a new quarantine facility at Avalon Airport .

Scuttlebut in a tightly controlled police state like Victoria eventually gets past the borders thanks to communist dissenters who have evaded the Zuckerberg crackdown on fair commentary on his Facebook.

Some of the ardent, well-connected commentators claim to have knowledge of Dan Andrews not behaving “appropriately” while visiting Fox’s Portsea residence, in spite of his earlier statement in Parliament.

The Facebookers allege Andrews is fighting a rape charge in court, under the radar naturally, for a dalliance with one of Lindsay Fox’s grand-daughters aged 17.

In return Andrews is said to be prosecuting his assailants for bashing him senseless over the alleged rape.

Who knows, after discovering the intrinsically connected Communist Chinese Party’s Belt and Road involvement with Andrews and the Labor government that flew under the national radar for some time added to persistent stories of dozens of Chinese aircraft night-flying into Melbourne airports during the lockdowns, anything is possible in the Garden State.

Another Chinese ‘Belt and Road’ project this time to strangle Far North Queensland and Torres Strait

Not a word from newly elected Labor Member and Torres Strait resident Cynthia Lui

China is set to move a part of its commercial fishing fleet into the Torres Strait after a deal was struck in Port Moresby between China and Papua New Guinea last week.

Torres Strait fishery in danger of being wiped out but not a word from the Premier’s puppet Cynthia Lui (right)

Torres Strait Islanders are up in arms because the agreement could see 25 per cent of the Australian tropical rock lobster resource and 40 per cent of the allowable Torres Strait Spanish mackeral catch end up on Chinese dinner plates.

The deal would castrate the northern fishery leaving Torres Strait Islanders starving and further decimate the Island economy.

All sectors of the northern fishery have reacted angrily to the plan for the establishment of a “comprehensive Multi-functional Fishery Industrial Park project on Daru Island.

Under the agreement, Chinese-funded PNG fishermen can enter the Torres Strait under PNG’s treaty rights to take commercial species of fish.

Chairman of the Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Gur A Baradharaw Ned David told the Cape and Torres News his people were extremely concerned.

“I think we are going to have to sort out a few things on our side of the border,” Mr David said.

“We would like to see the level of monitoring and restrictions the Commonwealth has taken on the border for Covid 19 continued in terms of policing and presence to ensure that nobody is pilfering and plundering our resources on our side of the border.”

The Chinese government’s Ministry of Commerce website details the controversial deal:

“The Minister of Fisheries Hon Lino Tom, the Governor of Western Province, Hon Taboi Yoto and Yan Aiwu the authorised representative of Zhonghong Fisheries signed the memorandum.”

The Chinese Ambassador to PNG Xue Bing and other dignitaries witnessed the signing.

“Minister Tom said PNG encourages foreign investment to enter the fishery sector in order to realise the potential of PNG fishery.

“Under the influence of China’s One Belt One Road policy Zhonghong Fishery Company decided to invest in PNG……”

Liberal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch said PNG was an independent nation and was entitled to do business with whom it liked.