Media release

WA Labor Government supporting secret takeover of Australia

The Labor government was supporting the clandestine takeover of Australia by granting Chinese communist government owned companies extraordinary powers to build and operate strategic assets in WA.

That’s the stark assessment from the Leader of the United Australia Party’s Senate Team for Western Australia, James McDonald, who says allowing Chinese state-owned conglomerate CITIC Limited to build a jet airstrip in the Pilbara and exercise control over the deep water port at Cape Preston should be deeply concerning for all Australians.

“Under a cloak of secrecy with the help of the Labor party,   Chinese communist government owned companies have built a private jet airport approximately 80km south of Karratha and the existing Karratha airport,’’ Mr McDonald said.

“Built to the same standards as RAAF facilities in Queensland and the Northern Territory where Australia’s fighter aircraft are based, the new runway is just 30km from the huge port at Cape Preston where over 16 million tonnes of products are exported to China each year.

“It is completely beyond belief that Chinese communist government owned companies can control and occupy and airstrip that is able to take jet aircraft for their exclusive use,’’ he said.

Martin Brewster, retired squadron leader in the Royal Australian Air Force, said Australia could not repel military aircraft if they landed from carriers off shore.

“A superior military air force could, in effect, control all of Western Australia’s resources in the Pilbara and the North West Shelf,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, James McDonald said a former senior Royal Australian Navy source had informed him that the Port of Cape Preston had the facilities necessary to support and sustain large scale naval operations in the Indian Ocean.

“The power generation and water desalination plant together with the bunker fuel capacity provide the necessary logistics to support a large ground force with heavy equipment,’’ he said.

“Chinese State-owned companies have exercised control over all these facilities contrary to the security of Australia.

“If ever there was a breakdown in diplomatic relations with China and hostilities were to commence, the Chinese control of the Port of Cape Preston would mean Western Australia and its resources would be completely vulnerable,’’ he said.

Mr McDonald said serious questions needed to be asked over the WA Government’s close links to China.

“The growing camaraderie between the WA Government and Chinese communist government enterprises seeking to take Australian property is concerning for all Australians.

“It’s shocking that West Australian MP and Upper House Whip Pierre Yang, who was born in China,  was found to have been affiliated with Chinese communist party groups dedicated to extending the Chinese communist party’s influence in Australia.

“Mr Yang travelled with WA Premier Mark McGowan to meet senior Chinese government officials in Beijing. Mr Yang has also recruited 500 party members from his local Chinese community,’’ Mr McDonald said.

“Australians must now be very concerned that that our politicians are acting in the interests of the Chinese communist government and not Australia.’’

Mr McDonald said the WA Premier and the Labor Party wanted to use the WA Parliament to change the law to give away Australian rights to a foreign power.

“We can’t trust Labor with our children’s future. The Chinese communist government won’t allow Australians or any Australian companies to control ports or airports in China, so why should Bill Shorten and Mark McGowan allow it to happen here?

“Why should they undermine the rule of law and democracy?

“All state-owned companies need Foreign Investment Review Board approval before they acquire an airstrip or a port. They bought a pastoral lease, then built an airport.

“We can’t trust our politicians. Stand up – defend our country. Put Australia first,” Mr McDonald said.

“The best way to protect Australia’s future is to Vote 1, the United Australia Party.”

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