Australia ‘against national interests’ agreement between local and foreign countries Submit bill that can be destroyed September 3 at 10:23 p.m.
The Australian government has submitted to Parliament a bill that states and local governments can destroy if it determines that an agreement with a foreign government is “against the national interest.” There is a wider view that China, which is deepening the conflict, is in mind.
Australia and China are at odds over the new coronavirus and the situation in Hong Kong.
The Australian government today submitted a bill to Congress that states and local governments have already signed with foreign governments, and that the federal government can review the contents of any agreements it has already signed with foreign governments and destroy them if it determines they are against the national interest.
As for the purpose of the bill, Prime Minister Morrison avoided mentioning last week whether it was aimed at a particular country, explaining that “the purpose is for the countries, including local governments, to work together to develop diplomacy in line with national interests.”
However, Prime Minister Morrison has criticized the government of southeastern Victoria for not reporting in advance on the memorandum of understanding signed with Beijing in connection with the “One Belt, One Road” mega-economic zone initiative, and there is a wider view that China is in mind to deepen the conflict.