CPAC Australia keeps venue secret over fears of interference

Organizers of Australia’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are keeping quiet about the location of their next event to shield venue managers from pressure.

In a newsletter sent by email on August 27, CPAC Australia director Andrew Cooper said venue partners had been secured, but that “a crowd of left-wing cancellation cultures” was preventing the event from proceeding. I warned him that he wanted to stop.

“They do everything to shut us down, including harassing and threatening venues that would accept us,” he wrote in the newsletter.

“Thus, by not revealing certain locations until closer to the date, we protect the venue from unreasonable mobs. Thank you for your understanding.”

Cooper added that the event would be the “biggest and best” CPAC Australia to date.

The Australian version of CPAC was first held in 2019, headlined by former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, before being held in a scaled-down version in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions.

The 2022 event will be joined by former Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, author and ecomodernist Michael Shellenberger, former White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Indigenous leader Warren Hosted by Mandin.

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The event faces heavy scrutiny and pressure from local media and centre-left Labor politicians.

Before the first event of 2019, then-opposition deputy leader of the Australian Senate, Christina Keneally, called for the visa revocation of British activist and CPAC chairman Raheem Kassam, calling him a “slander.” has an extensive history of Man. “

Senator Penny Wong, a fellow party member and now Australia’s foreign minister, argued that the CPAC was not a meeting to discuss harmless ideas.

“America is a hotbed of extremism. There is no need to bring that anti-Semitism, white supremacy and bigotry to Australia,” she wrote. on Twitter.

In addition, the Attorney General’s Office, at the request of then-shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfuss, initiated an investigation into whether CPAC Chairman and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should register with the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme.

The plan was originally put in place to address ongoing political interference from Beijing, along with the outing of labor senator Sam Dastyari, who had close ties to Chinese billionaire Huang Sagami. It was introduced in response to the resignation.

Cooper himself was asked to enroll in the scheme because his nonprofit, LibertyWorks, was a co-organizer of CPAC along with the American Conservative Union. this is. . .was overturned later.

CPAC Australia will be held in Sydney from 1-2 October.

Daniel Y. Teng


Daniel Y. Teng is based in Sydney. His focus is on national politics such as federal politics, the COVID-19 response and Australia-China relations. Any tips? Please contact [email protected]