South Australian Independent Senator Rex Patrick has accused Prime Minister Steven Marshall of “sleeping with his enemies” after state leaders spoke at the opening ceremony of the new Chinese Consulate in Adelaide.
Patrick, who spoke in protest, expressed concern about the impact of the new controversial Chinese consulate in Joslyn, a quiet suburb in the same city where Australia’s largest Uighur Muslim community is located, on national security. did.
It is also home to the country’s new $ 145 billion naval shipbuilding program.
“Not suitable for Adelaide. Not suitable for Joslin. Patrick told The Epoch Times on March 30.
Patrick said Australia needs to be aware of the risks associated with having such a large consulate in Adelaide.
“In the United States, we know that there were staff members of the Chinese Consulate arrested for prosecutable crimes related to US national security breaches,” he said. “There is no doubt that there are activities that contradict the activities that take place here. [Australia’s] International security. “
Patrick accused Marshall of “developing the red carpet” for the Chinese administration, and Beijing imposed trade restrictions on South Australian products such as lobster, grain and wine.
“South Australia’s Prime Minister Steven Marshall is simply deploying the red carpet in the wrong situation,” said Patrick.
“He’s actually sleeping with his enemies,” he added.
After Beijing’s latest tariffs on Australian wine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was “not okay” and labeled it “retaliation” for Australians to support their values.
Tariffs were the latest example of what US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Australia’s “explicit economic coercion” in Beijing last week.
Patrick said he was “extremely worried” about the security of Australia’s largest Adelaide Uighur community.
Patrick cites the Uighur mass slaughter, the suppression of freedom in Hong Kong, and the detention of Australian journalists in mainland China as activities that contradict the Australian values of the Chinese administration.
His feelings come after last week, when the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union worked together to impose Magnitsky-style sanctions on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials for the Uighur slaughter in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. ..
Australia and New Zealand provided a joint statement expressing their serious concerns about serious human rights abuses against Uighurs while their allies took action to sanction Chinese authorities.
The Senate, as Australians at News Corporation reported that more than 300 people from the Uighur, Hong Kong, and Chinese communities, and angry locals protested from the sidewalk behind the Fifth Avenue grounds. It wasn’t just the legislators.
The protests were organized by the East Turkistan Australian Association and consisted of Uighur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners, Hongkongers, Vietnamese, Australian locals, politicians, Australian farmers affected by CCP trade restrictions and others. A community of industry representatives participated.
Australian person report The former Joslyn resident Heather Adams returned to join her ex-neighbor in protest.
The publication reported that Adams knew no one was happy that the consulate was there.
“Look at the damn thing. It’s a fortress,” Adams said.
“I know people who have lived here for 40 years, and suddenly this monster is huge with all the cameras in the suburbs where everyone else has to keep planning the law because it’s a heritage area. It will appear on the wall, “said Adams.
“We tried to destroy South Australia’s business and sold our soul as a nation to a communist regime that did not respect human rights,” she said.
Australians reported that Marshall defended his decision to attend the opening of the consulate, and his state still maintained strong economic and cultural ties with China, which it was trying to maintain for South Australian business. Said to have.