APPENDIX - POLITICAL DONATIONS AND FOREIGN INFLUENCE
Malcolm Turnbull orders inquiry following revelations ASIO warned parties about Chinese donations
By political editor Chris Uhlmann and political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin Updated 6 Jun 2017, 3:54pm
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered a major inquiry into the nation's espionage and foreign interference laws, amid concerns about Chinese influence in Australian politics.
A 2017 Four Corners-Fairfax investigation discovered Australia's spy agency ASIO warned the Coalition and Labor about taking donations from two billionaires with links to the Chinese Communist Party.
Both parties continued to accept donations from the billionaires. The Coalition accepted $800,000 and Labor $200,000.
Between them, the businessmen and associated entities have donated about $6.7 million to the major parties over a decade. Labor senator Sam Dastyari personally contacted the Immigration Department twice to support one of the donors, Huang Xiangmo's, application for Australian citizenship.
Following the airing of the ABC investigation Senator Dastyari said in a statement he had cut all ties with the Chinese businessman. "After the events of last year, I spoke to Mr Huang to tell him that I did not think it was appropriate that we have future contact. I thought it was a matter of common courtesy to say this face to face. Neither my office or I have spoken to Mr Huang since."
Then Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said he is very concerned about the revelations
"I absolutely abhor the idea that some other nation would have influence in our government, especially if is attached to a pecuniary benefit to any individual. There is a vast difference between a party getting a donation — there is no real direct benefit to a person. But if people are buying influence in our nation, well, we can't abide by that in any shape or form from any country, not just China, any country."
Mr Joyce also indicated support for changing the laws to ban foreign donations but said it should be broader than just the political parties.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten re-affirmed Labor's commitment to take
"direct and indirect foreign influence out of our electionsI do not want these two individuals who were named on Four Corners to be making donations to the Labor Party, and I have made it clear before last night that I don't want our party accepting donations from these people," he said.
An ABC investigation of recent political donations from the past two years reveals Chinese businesses are by far the largest foreign-linked donors to both major parties. Between 2013 and 2015 Chinese-linked companies and individual donors poured more than $5.5 million into Liberal and Labor party coffers.
Analysts say Chinese political donations are oneway Beijing seeks to gain influence in Australia.
CHINESE POLITICAL PARTY DONATIONS 2013-2015
Donor Year Amount Recipient
Wang Zi Chun 2013-14 $850,000 Labor Party
Chau Chak Wing 2013-14 $650,000 Labor Party (federal)
2013-14 $540,000 Liberal Party
2013-14 $100,000 National Party
2013-14 $65,000 Labor Party (NSW branch).
Yuhu Group 2013-14 $425,000 Liberal Party (various branches)
2013-14 $100,000 Labor Party (federal)
Anna Wu Meijuan 2013-14 $50,000 Liberal Party (WA branch)
Xu Jingui 2013-14 $400,000 Labor Party (NSW branch)
Zhaokai Su (Ken Su) 2013-14 $130,000 Labor Party (federal).
2013-14 $70,000 Labor Party (NSW branch)
Huang Jiebo 2013-14 $200,000 Liberal Party
Fiona Huang Jiefang 2013-14 $100,000 Liberal Party
Lawrence Kung Chin Yuan 2013-14 $200,000 Labor Party (Queensland branch)
David Lin Chun-hong 2013-14 $134,000 Liberal National Party (Queensland)
Guo Wen Cheng 2013-14 $100,000 Labor Party (NSW branch)
Hudson Chen Hak Fan 2013-14 $100,000 Liberal Party (NSW branch)
CST Mining Group 2013-14 $50,000 Liberal Party
Luo Chuangxiong 2013-14 $50,000 Labor Party
2013-14 $150,000 Labor Party (NSW branch)
To Wing 2013-14 $20,000 Labor Party
Jiang Zhaoqing 2013-14 $260,000 Labor Party
Mandy Lee Real Estate 2013-14 $20,000 Labor Party
New Idea Furniture 2013-14 $33,000 Labor Party
Bon Bon Bakery 2013-14 $27,500 Labor Party
Hualin Investment 2013-14 $23,600 Labor Party
AXF Group 2013-14 $33,000 Labor Party
JD International 2013-14 $20,000 Labor Party
APEC Links 2013-14 $20,000 Labor Party
Grand City 2013-14 $18,000 Labor Party
Han-Ming Australia 2013-14 $20,000 Labor Party
AGF Group 2013-14 $8,800 Labor Party
United Mining Resources 2013-14 $5,500 Labor Party
Illusion Auto Supply 2013-14 $10,000 Labor Party
Peter Chan 2013-14 $200,000 Labor Party
Ever Bright Group 2014-15 $200,000 Liberal Party
Jiandong Huang 2014-15 $200,000 Liberal Party .
Yuhu Group 2014-15 $20,000 Liberal Party
Jianping and Min Fu Zhang 2014-15 $200,000 Labor Party (Victorian Branch)
Jianping and Min Fu Zhang 2014-15 $100,000 Labor Party (Victorian Branch)
Yilin Zhu 2014-15 $50,000 Labor Party
Eng Joo Ang 2014-15 $110,000 Labor Party (NSW branch)
Nine Dragons 2014-15 $20,000 Labor Party (Victorian Branch)
Source: ABC Reporters Chris Uhlmann and Andrew Greene Chinese donors to Australian political parties: who gave how much? Updated 8 Jun 2017 Online access 27/12/2018 at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-21/china-australia-political-donations/7766654