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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a group photo session during the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

The Questions of Chinese Influence at the Heart of Australia’s Security Reforms

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

In early December, four new bills were introduced in the Australian Parliament that together represent the most sweeping proposed changes to the country's national security laws in decades. In supporting their passage, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull referenced Soviet spying in Australia decades ago. "The threat we face today is greater than when Soviet agents penetrated the federal government during World War II and the early years of the Cold War," he warned.

The four bills have all been submitted for review to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, which is expected to report its recommendations and any alterations in March. The bills would then proceed to a full vote and, in all likelihood, become law. ...

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