Australia ‘arrogant to rebuff China’s ‘olive branch’, says key independent | #socialmedia

Tink did not mention China during her speech at that event, but while she was on stage a translator told the audience: “We want to change the government, we want to change the relationship between China and Australia. We need your vote and we need your support.”

Tink declined an interview but told the Herald in a statement: “I will continue to engage with the Chinese community and believe it is in Australia’s interests for our relationship with China to be more constructive in the future”.

Zimmerman declined to comment on Tink’s remarks.

Coalition campaign spokesman Simon Birmingham said the candidates had “questions to answer” over that event.

Bradfield independent candidate Nicolette Boele and North Sydney independent candidate Kylea Tink at the Alice in Wendyland gala dinner.Credit:Social media

Liberal senator James Paterson, who was chair of the previous parliament’s Joint Committee on Security and Intelligence, said the most recent video to emerge was “yet another example of how dangerously misinformed Climate 200 fake independents are about the serious national security challenges facing our country”.

Paterson said Tink should “specify exactly which concessions she would offer the CCP” and “which of their 14 demands she would give in to”, referring to the infamous list of 14 grievances a Nine journalist obtained from a Chinese embassy official in 2020.

China experts have said that simply telling the government to “pick up the phone” to Beijing is too simplistic, but at the same time, legitimate criticism can be made of the Australian government’s position and tactics.

Professor James Laurenceson, director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney, said it was bizarre for the government to suggest that saying we should have better relations with China was “somehow treacherous or parroting CCP talking points”.

North Sydney – where 10.4 per cent of the population had Chinese ancestry at the 2016 census – is held by Zimmerman on a margin of 9.3 per cent. The seat has never been won by Labor, though popular independent mayor Ted Mack held it for two terms in the 1990s.

Labor typically receives a bigger share of the vote in North Sydney than in seats such as Wentworth or Warringah and polls show Labor’s Catherine Renshaw, a professor of human rights law, could be victorious if Tink comes in third and preferences flow her way.

Renshaw declined to comment on Tink’s remarks.

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