Council for the National Interest

PO Box 653 Belmont WA 6984 0418 742 701


Speaker: Dr Paul Monk

Dr Paul Monk has a BA in History and a PhD in International Relations.

He is a former senior intelligence analyst with the Federal Govt's Defence Intelligence Organisation.

He was Japan and Korea Desk Officer in early 1990's and headed China analysis in mid 1990's.

He has lectured on Chinese politics, strategic intelligence analysis and Australia and Asia in the 21st century.

Author of ten books, he has written for Fairfax and Murdoch press, Quadrant, and The Australian Rationalist.

Topic: China's Influence in Australian Politics

Professor Clive Hamilton’s recently-released bestseller: “Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia”, has heightened concern about China’s political and commercial penetration and manipulation of Australian political and commercial affairs. Beijing’s practice of hiring Australian political leaders - former Prime Ministers, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating; ex-Ministers, Bob Carr and Andrew Robb - has added to this concern. The widely-publicised activities of former Senator Sam Dastyari and statements by the newly-elected NSW Labor MP, Shaoquett Moselmane, have understandably further boosted concern.

China’s so far unhindered policy of acquiring major Australian infrastructure assets: ports, gas pipelines, electricity distribution networks, and communication transmissions systems – continues at full speed.

The Turnbull Government’s belated objections to China’s attempts to acquire ports, by its tried and tested method of leasing them as bases in the South Pacific, further emphasises Beijing's slowly unfolding agenda to extend its influence. Where is Australia being led? Are we destined to become China’s major south-western Pacific tributary or colonial state?

Free Entry, All Welcome

Presentation Speech followed by Q&A Session

When: Sunday 12 August 2018

Time: 2.30pm start to 4.30pm finish

Where: Royal Perth Yacht Club, Australia II Drive, Crawley Bay, Nedlands 6009

Encourage friends and associates to attend this informative, educational, free and open forum.

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CNI is not aligned with any political party and aims to build a better Australia for future generations.