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Katter says tear up Darwin Port lease to China now – he has the numbers to make it happen in parliament

Former LNP Trade Minister Andrew Robb profited enormously from the port deal

Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, MHR has warned the federal Government to tear up the Port of Darwin lease with its Chinese owners, arguing that a “review” will achieve nothing but waste time.

Mr Katter’s opposition to the Port of Darwin sale – a 99 year lease to Communist Chinese controlled Landbridge Corporation – has been tenacious over the last six years, concerned by the economic and security implications of the sale.

Minister for Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg, Trade Minister Andrew Robb with Landbridge Chief Ye Chang, supported the takeover of the Port of Darwin in 2015, adding to China’s ‘String of Pearls’. Robb picked up an estimated $2 million from the deal. Pic ABC

Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has joined the crescendo to kick out Landbridge which secured the long-term operational control of the commercial facility in 2015 as part of a $506 million deal with the Northern Territory government.

The lease was signed by former CLP chief minister Adam Giles, but Mr Rudd said key ministers within the federal Coalition government were also responsible for the outcome.

CLP Chief Minister Adam Giles signed the deal with China on behalf of the Northern Territory administration

“[It was] all approved, all let through, by Morrison when he was Treasurer [and] Frydenberg was then Minister for Northern Australia,” Mr Rudd said.

He added that former Trade Minister Andrew Robb also took on a lucrative consulting job with Landbridge after he left office.

“For all those political reasons, Dutton, Morrison, Frydenberg know that they are deeply exposed on this issue.

Katter warned Australia’s national security was being severely compromised while the CCP continues to acquire strategic assets across the north of the country, “right on our doorstep”.

He reminded the LNP government that the top half of the Australian continent was already encircled by China, stretching from Cockatoo Island near Derby in Western Australia to Keswick Island near Mackay in Central Queensland.

“Why do we need a review to see if it is good for Australia? Blind Freddie could see it’s not!,” Mr Katter said.

“Darwin is the only port between Cairns and Broome making up half of the entire Australian coastline and the sale should never have happened in the first place.

“You can’t get anything out of the Northern half of Australia except out of a foreign Check Point Charlie (Port of Darwin) which can charge you whatever he feels like charging you.

“Up to 300,000 head of live cattle go through Darwin, and for six years we have been in a situation where a foreign corporation can charge us whatever they feel like charging and decide what goes through the port because they own the port.

Fiery independent Far Northern federal Member Bob Katter wants to see the Communist Chinese Party kicked out of Darwin Port. He says he has the numbers in parliament to do it

“They can close the port to any competing development by Australians and by having control of that port, they control the whole economy of the north western quarter of Australia.

“It is not my aspiration as an Australian, to work in a country owned by foreign landlords where I’ll work as some sort of modern-day serf for whatever amount of money that they feel like paying me”, Mr Katter said.

“I’ve said this before, anyone that would give away their only ‘non-coal loading’ Panamax port in the northern half of the continent to a foreign power has committed treason.

“Don’t waste time with a review. Just tear it up now.”

Mr Katter said that he was confident he had the numbers in the Parliament to suspend standing orders and move for the Port of Darwin lease to be torn up.

“I’ve had a motion drafted and ready for the last few months. I’m confident that I have to numbers to get this up. So who’s going to move first?!”

Landbridge secured the long-term operational control of the commercial facility in 2015 as part of a $506 million deal with the Northern Territory government.

Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says government Ministers Dutton, Frydenberg and PM Morrison are “deeply exposed” over the Chinese Communist Party’s covert control of Northern Australia. Pic ABC

The lease was signed by former Country Liberal Party chief minister Adam Giles, but Mr Rudd said key ministers within the federal Coalition government were also responsible for the outcome.

“[It was] all approved, all let through, by Morrison when he was Treasurer [and] Frydenberg was then Minister for Northern Australia,” Mr Rudd said.

He added that former minister Andrew Robb also took on an $800,000 per annum lucrative consulting job with Landbridge after he left office.

As part of the “confidential” consultancy deal, Mr Robb, the architect of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, began consulting to Ye Cheng the day before the July 2 federal election in 2016.

It’s estimated that Mr Robb pocketed more than $2 million plus expenses from Landbridge. A company document revealed that Mr Robb’s consulting contract was so vague and ill-defined he would be paid even if he did nothing.

“For all those political reasons, Dutton, Morrison and Frydenberg know that they are deeply exposed on this issue.

“Hence, my prediction is that they will seek to scupper the lease and then there’ll be a huge financial liability on the part of the taxpayer.”

Mr Rudd said he was not privy to current intelligence briefings, but he was aware of concerns raised by the US after the deal was signed.

“My understanding from Washington, for example, is that the US administration at the time was absolutely ropeable by the dim-witted nature of this particular decision back in 2015.”

DFAT has previously said the Darwin Port lease was not within the scope of the Foreign Relations Act.

Mr Robb’s consultancy with the leaseholder of the Darwin Port, Landbridge, was trumpeted by the Chinese-government aligned company in 2016, but became intensely controversial when an investigation by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Four Corners revealed his fee, and that he had joined the company straight after quitting parliament.

Mr Robb joins former foreign minister Bob Carr and former Victorian premier John Brumby in taking up lucrative roles with companies or, in Mr Carr’s case, a think tank, founded by businessmen with strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

China’s Landbridge army to takeover Darwin Port

Landbridge Group has formally established armed forces

Source: www.sosnews.org

The USA is stunned that the control of Port Darwin, a major link in their security of northern Australia that has been in place for decades, being ‘leased’ to China by the Northern Territory government for 99 years. This allows a Chinese private company LandBridge, with ties to their government and military, complete with a fully trained private armed militia to protect that port. There was no consultation with the US government.

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Two peas in a Pod- how comfortable

Malcolm Turnbull just shrugged off a “please explain” from President Barack Obama at their official meeting during the Apec summit in Manila.

Australia’s latest Prime Minister fresh off the PM conveyor belt has snubbed his nose at our major ally concerning the military assets the USA has deployed as part of the Obama foreign policy “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region, which is a strategic posture concerned with countering China’s growing power in the region. This is of major concern for all Australians who should be very worried .

The USA armed forces might is sourced from some 320 million people hosting 120 million military ready personnel. Australia with 23 million people hosting just 56,000 military ready personnel. There are more cab drivers in Australia than soldiers.

Landbridge Private Army

August 8th 2014, Lan Bridge Group Armed Forces inaugural meeting was held in the Group of 101 meeting rooms.

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Military sunshine Gao Yong, political commissar, chief of staff Wang Hao, Party Secretary of Lanshan cover satellite, Deputy Mayor Wang Jijun, Lanshan District People’s Armed Forces Department, political commissar Liu Yusong Minister Zhang Feng Jun, chairman Ye Lan Bridge Group, party secretary of Ho Chao Qing attended the meeting.

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Rizhao and Lanshan Military District Department agency personnel, members of the Department Landbridge Group armed militia emergency unit and some of the staff groups participated in the meeting.

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The meeting was chaired by the Ministry of People’s Armed Arashiyama district political commissar Colonel Liu Yusong. At the meeting, Minister of People’s Armed Forces Department Lanshan District Colonel Zhang Feng Yun announced the “Landbridge Group Limited on the establishment of an armed unit of approval” and “Ho Chao Qing serving command.” Military sunshine and Party Secretary Gao Yong, political commissar of the lid satellite Landbridge Group Armed Forces inaugurated.

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After the meeting, Group Chairman Ye, party secretary of Ho Chao-Qing Gao Yong, political commissar of the Military sunshine, accompanied by Chief of Staff Wang Hao, Party Secretary of Lanshan cover satellite deputy mayor and other leaders visited the group.

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Landbridge Group, as large-scale private enterprises in Shandong Province, after 20 years of unremitting efforts, now has petrochemicals, logistics, real estate tourism, international trade four plates, the total assets of nearly 17 billion yuan. Lan Bridge Group has been, and always adhere to the “strong enterprises not forget their country, Societe Generale did not forget the defense” concept, and actively carry out cultural support the military, science and technology to support the military, to the TSC troops, sunshine garrison solve problems, backed by the TSC Forces Group awarded the “Arashiyama love, love note Iron” support model designation, the chairman, Comrade Ye in 2013 by the provincial government of Shandong Province in recognition of national defense interest “Top Ten individual.”

Landbridge Group of Armed Forces was established to achieve a strong corporate real convergence Landbridge Group and Xing Wu for national defense and Lanshan District Rizhao City poured fresh blood.

With the USA considering their options now rotecting Australia’s north as the flow rate of Muslims gains momentum into the country enhancing the welfare budget and national security, we wonder what happen to that “lucky country” we allowed silky smooth mandarins following their own policies outside of government controlling the political machine to maintain perpetual salvation of power above the people.

Landbridge Group Sign Gas Agreement

November 17, 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra, the two leaders decided to enhance the Sino-Australian relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Australia, announced the end of substantive negotiations on China-Australia free trade agreement.

Landbridge came to Australian public attention in mid-2014 with its share offer and purchase of Brisbane-based gas producer Westside Corporation.

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After the talks, Xi Jinping with Abbott witnessed the signing held at Parliament House. Lanbridge Group chairman Ye Cheng  and Western Australia Energy CEO Mike Hughes signed a natural gas production base investment agreement.

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