Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Formality was denied because, in line with the longstanding view of successive governments, given that formal motions cannot be debated or amended, they should not deal with complex or contested foreign policy matters. The Senate should not consider and vote on foreign policy motions of this kind without the ability to have a full debate, given that they involve serious and substantial issues.
We need to acknowledge the very real threat that Red China poses to us here in Australia. Its illegal construction of islands in the South China Sea, its long-range bombers that can reach Australia, and its buying of agricultural land and infrastructure, like the port of Darwin, pose a real threat. Agents of Beijing's gangster regime government are here in Australia coercing Chinese Australians, and if we ignore Red China's threat we do it at our peril.