Australia’s Spy Agency Warns of Foreign Interference in Ethnic Communities

Australia’s spy agency has warned that ethnic communities face “threats of harm” from foreign governments seeking to “monitor, direct, and influence” the activities of diaspora groups. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) made the submission to a parliamentary inquiry examining issues affecting Australia’s vast, multicultural communities. “Some foreign governments seek to interfere in diaspora communities […]

Man in 20s Youngest Australian COVID Death as Concern Grows of Mystery Cases

A Victorian man in his 20s has become the youngest person to have died in Australia due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews on Aug. 14 at the daily COVID-19 update said the man’s death was a “terrible tragedy.” Andrews said there may be a further inquest to the […]

Pompeo’s Nixon Speech, the ‘Beginning of a New Era’ in China Relations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s landmark speech “Communist China and the Free World” has been heralded as the “beginning of a new era” in global affairs and a marked shift in foreign policy towards Beijing. Sydney-based Dr Jin Chin, chair of the Federation for a Democratic China told The Epoch Times on Aug. 13 […]

Premier Andrews Defends Contact Tracing System Despite Routine Delays

MELBOURNE—Premier Daniel Andrews has defended the capabilities of his government’s contact tracing system amid claims of frequent mistakes and several reports of people having to wait long periods for their virus test results, at the Victorian governments COVID-19 update on Aug. 11. The Victorian government’s contact tracing system has come under scrutiny in the past […]

Trump’s WeChat Ban a Warning Shot to Chinese Tech Firms: Expert

WeChat and TikTok will likely feel the brunt of more regulation after U.S. President Donald Trump signed off on two executive orders banning transactions with the Chinese-backed apps. On Aug. 6, the president signed the two orders barring U.S. citizens and entities (government and businesses) from conducting commercial transactions with the parent companies of both […]

Victoria Health Minister Mikakos Asked to Explain Tweets at Daily COVID-19 Update

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has reiterated her focus on the “fight” against the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria after journalists asked the minister to elaborate on a series of Twitter posts from Aug. 8. The thread that drew links between Ancient Greece and the Victorian government’s virus response also included an apology by Mikakos who said she […]

Guerilla-Style Social Media Campaigns Target US on Racial Tensions, CCP Virus, and Trump

Guerrilla style social media campaigns have been identified as part of a drive to leverage negative media portrayals of the United States to “denigrate” the country’s standing domestically and internationally. In an August report (pdf)  by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), the think-tank identified a series of “unsophisticated” Twitter and Facebook campaigns that attempted […]

Canberra’s Review of Academic Freedom Doesn’t Go Far Enough to Address Foreign Influence: MP

Federal MP Bob Katter says the Australian government’s plan to evaluate and offer suggestions on how universities respond to threats to academic freedom and free speech on campuses needs to go further and address the issue of foreign influence by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In a media release on Aug. 7, Minister for Education […]

National Rugby League Consider Tougher Sanctions For COVID-19 Breaches

SYDNEY—The National Rugby League will consider heavier sanctions for players and officials who breach the bubble, with Peter V’landys warning they are putting all Queensland teams at risk. Brisbane enforcer Tevita Pangai Junior on Aug. 9 became the latest player to fall foul of the rules, banished into 14 days of isolation away from his […]

Victoria State Records 394 New Virus Cases, 10 of 17 Deaths Linked to Aged Care Homes on Aug 9

MELBOURNE—Victoria state has recorded 394 new cases of COVID-19 and a record 17 deaths as the state continues to endure stage-four lockdown restrictions. The 17 confirmed deaths in Victoria due to COVID-19 announced on Aug. 9 – including two people in their 50s – takes the state’s death toll to 210 and the nationwide tally […]