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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1549 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 December 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 December 2019


1549. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to a 12 September WAtoday article entitled ''Questions emerge over WA Labor's China links'', outlining the details of a 2015 event attended by the now Premier. According to the article, the event in question was to mark the establishment of the Western Australian branch of the now defunct Australian Chinese Labor Party Association, an organisation linked to the Chinese government's United Front Work Department.

(1) Can the state government confirm whether the Premier or cabinet ministers continue to cultivate relationships with organisations and individuals known to be linked to the United Front Work Department?

(2) What is the state government's public position on the united front's foreign influence activities in Western Australia?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

The Western Australian organisation referred to in the honourable member's question was not ever—not ever—linked to the Chinese government's United Front Work Department, and therefore I reject the premise of the honourable member's question.