1086. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the
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
(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?
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.