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Question Without Notice No. 1086 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 November 2018 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

TREASURER — CHINA VISIT

1086. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Treasurer:

I refer to the recent visit to China by the Treasurer.

(1) Did the state government seek advice from commonwealth agencies on national security implications and espionage risks before the Treasurer undertook his trip?

(2) Is the state government considering signing up to Beijing's ''One Belt, One Road'' initiative?

(3) Given the mounting evidence of Beijing's interference in Australian affairs, why did the McGowan government pay Huawei $206 million to maintain a public transport media data network despite national security concerns?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) In preparing for the Treasurer's recent visit to China, the Western Australian Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation worked closely with the commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including on travel advice for the Treasurer.

(2) An offer has not been put to the state government.

(3) Please direct this question to the Minister for Transport.