Chinese Man Tops List of Australian Political Donors

Fergus Ryan and Peter Cai, Business Spectator, February 3, 2015

Who is ‘Zi Chun Wang’, the mysterious Chinese donor who gifted $850,000 to the Australian Labor Party ahead of the 2013 federal election? His gift was the largest donation to any political party in the 2013-2014 financial year.

According to the form filed with the Australian Electoral Commission, the address left by the mysterious donor leads to No 112, Yuhua Xilu, Qiaoxi District in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei, the largest steel producing province in China.

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A Baidu-search of the email address provided to the Australian Electoral Commission by the donor leads to a number of forums with comments left by the donor as far back as 2007, discussing foreign trade and real-estate investment in Australia. The user left comments on forum posts about investing in Australian real-estate.

Under one article giving a detailed discussion about investing in Australia’s real-estate sector, a user linked to the email address provided by the donor expresses his interest in investing in Australia real-estate.

“Please continue! Very interesting! I’m interested in investing, and will keep an eye on it!”

The revelation comes on the same day as Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the federal government will introduce better enforcement of the rules against foreign purchases of existing homes.

In a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra, Mr Abbott said there would also be better scrutiny and reporting of foreign purchases of agricultural land and that enforcing rules around foreign purchases of property would help make sure ‘young people are not priced out of the market.’

“These laws were not legally enforced by the former Labor government–not once” he said.

A Senate inquiry into foreign investment last year found that rules surrounding overseas buyers were not enforced or policed properly. The report found that there had been no prosecutions for breaching foreign investment rules since 2006 and no orders to sell off properties bought by breaking the rules since 2007.

“It defies belief that there has been universal compliance with the foreign investment framework . . . since 2007,” the report states.

China-related political contributions have emerged as the largest source of funding for the Labor Party in 2014. Four out of five of the top political donors have strong connections to China. Apart from Mr Wang, who donated $850,000 to the Labor Party, the third largest donor to the party was Dr Chau Chak Wing, through his company Kingold Investments.

Dr Chau has high-level connections across the political spectrum in Australia and China. His daugher Winky Chow used to be a staffer to the former NSW Premier Bob Carr. The Chinese-Australian businessman donated $25 million to the University of Technology, Sydney including a building designed by the famous US architect Frank Gehry.

The fourth and fifth largest donors to Labor last year are also closely connected with China. Mr Xu Jingui donated $400,000 to the party and the Australia China Elite Business Awards organised by Zhao Qing Jiang of AIMG Group contributed $260,000.

The business awards event was held before the last election and attended by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

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  • David Ashton

    Democracy? “The domination of alien money and alien mob” (Oswald Mosley).

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    “China-related political contributions have emerged as the largest source of funding for the Labor Party in 2014. Four out of five of the top political donors have strong connections to China.”

    If I were of a cynical disposition, I would conclude that the Chinese were buying political control of the Australian equivalent of the Democratic Party.

    • Jacobite2

      We don’t know because traitor John Glenn stonewalled the Senate investigation of B.J. Clinton’s campaign-cash-from-China-for-rocket-technology scam. I sure hope that last rocket-ride was worth it. Lesson learned: no Democrat — not war hero; not astronaut; nobody — can be trusted to be loyal to America.

  • james AZ

    No wonder I felt about move to Australia but my gut told NO … Now china try take over australia

  • dd121

    You would think this would serve as a warning to the average Aussie. But it won’t.

  • Dwight

    Yep, same thing here …
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  • JustJeff

    At least the Chinese aren’t gunning for war with Iran like the Eskimos.

  • C. Magnus

    Funny how the party which is supposed to represent the Australian working class is being funded by Chinese businessmen. Something very strange going on there.

    • dmxinc

      You never fell for that represent the “working class” argument I hope.

      Goes for the Democrat party here as well. Manipulates and exploits the working class is closer to the truth.

      • C. Magnus

        And the union movement still allies itself with the ALP, I suppose they are just as corrupted.

        This issue is talked about more on p. 2 of ‘The Australian’ newspaper of February 3rd. It would appear most of the Chinese investment goes toward the ALP, but there’s another article: ‘Chinese generous to both sides of the fence’ in which it talks about them giving financial backing to the ALP’s opponents, the Liberal Party, as well. Australia Kingold Investment Development company (owned by Chau Chak Wing), gave $600,000 to the ALP, $200,000 to the Liberals (federal) and $35,000 to NSW ALP (state). Yuhu, a Chinese developer, gave $290,000 to various Liberal branches around the country, and $200,000 to ALP. Others are listed as well.

      • Sick of it

        Even when I was brainwashed, I believed in the ideals and ideology, not any existing leftist party. Seriously, what kind of person likes a POS like Clinton? Or that lunatic Al Gore.

        • dmxinc

          You are a good judge of character.

          Most Americans are not.

          • Sick of it

            I cling to the honesty from my childhood. I try to see things for how they really are and people for who they really are. It’s rather unpleasant to be able to see things that way, though, when one gives a damn. The wise never pray for wisdom or they may well end up like Solomon.

  • IstvanIN

    Foreigners should not be allowed to donate towards any political party or candidate.

  • Anglo

    “Chinese-Australian businessman” — what a very odd term. Is that a Chinese with Australian citizenship? half Chinese and half Australian? I don’t like what is happening to Australian.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      It’s an ethnic Chinese person with Australian citizenship, I believe.

    • Ultimate187

      It’s like Chinese-American, which is an American of Chinese descent. There are also Italian-Americans, Anglo-Americans etc. etc

      • Anglo

        In our new world of “no borders,” the first part is your ethnicity; the second part is your geographic location. To me, the term American has become meaningless; but it will take some time to become accustomed to terms like Chinese-Australian, African-Australian, etc.

  • wildfirexx

    Like in Australia, the residential real estate buying binge by rich chinese investors has been going on in Vancouver, Canada now for decades…the average price in Vancouver now is a measly million dollars and up (It’s like winning the lottery, everyone’s a millionaire!)
    Second most expensive in the World, next only to Hong kong!
    And the once(Reform/Nat Alliance) now the New Conservative Party of Canada…ignores it!
    They once came to power on the backs of the right/wing canadian voters who wanted to keep the foreign immigrants out, and preserve canadian culture!
    Instead they’ve increased their numbers, and allow them to buy up all the real estate, pushing the young canadians out of the market, and forcing them to move elseware.
    What a Joke this Harper Government has become!

    • Ron Cheaters

      Just imagine how Trudea or Mulcair would want it.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I thought Aussies were more white conscientious than their race traitor counterparts in Europe and America. Sad to see that they have bowed down to the ching chong China man all for the sake of money.

    • C. Magnus

      I doubt we’d be any more white conscious than Americans, since we don’t have a large, ingrained black population to always remind us of our whiteness. Having said that we’re probably not as bad as Canada or northern Europe. I’d say most nationalists here would be civic nationalists and not racial nationalists, and it would be just as challenging to be a racial nationalist here as anywhere.

  • John Smith

    No matter where they are, leftists are willing to sell out their country to foreigners.

    • C. Magnus

      So do the ‘conservatives’ unfortunately. Often though, the left is actually more protectionist than the conservatives, particularly when it comes to state ownership of assets, as opposed to private ownership, or leasing, advocated by the conservatives. In those instances the populist parties who want to restrict immigration are closer to the left, economically speaking, as they also want assets to remain in state hands, speaking for Australia at least.

      • David Ashton

        The historic division of the worker-left returns with a vengeance as the austerity programs of finance produce a revival of national protectionism v global glass struggle, though complicated by automation and migration. “No accident” (Trotsky).

  • Pelayo

    Foreign money should not be allowed in politics. And there should be funding limits.

    • David Ashton

      No foreign President (in theory anyhow). Why foreign party-funding? This vacuums out the original argument for government “by” the people.

  • Speedy Steve

    I can’t help but think: two Wongs don’t make a White.

    • David Ashton

      But there is a chink in the curtain.

      • Speedy Steve

        and a tokin’ negro in the White House.

  • Anglo

    They shouldn’t be allowed to own property in Australia nor here in America either.

  • David Ashton

    That was the turning point, without a doubt. Follow the motives.

  • David Ashton

    The indigenous Brits in Britain are in much the same boat. The first step was to head off resistance by anti-“racist” legislation. These insidious developments are international in more ways than one. Read their own intellectual journals like “Patterns of Prejudice” and its archives – straight from the serpent’s mouth..

  • C. Magnus

    I think the ALP needs a new name, no point calling itself ‘labor’. The Zi Chun Wang/Chau Chak Wing financed party, more like it. The ZCWCCW party in simpler terms. I really can’t work out why they choose to fund the ALP more than the Liberals!

  • C. Magnus

    I hope the working class stops voting for them entirely (what’s left of them). I guess since the west has been de-industrialised, the original labour voting base has evaporated, giving way to middle class and doctor’s wives, and ethnic minorities. Most hands on jobs seem to be done by contractors who are more business owners than wage earners, so the ‘labour’ movement is just about irrelevant anyway. The labour party being probably more a welfare state party in general.