A Beijing-orchestrated plot to bankroll New South Wales Labor candidates in this year’s federal election has been foiled by ASIO. Key points: A business figure with deep ties to China was at the heart of the plot The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader have both been briefed on the failed operation The foiled interference attempt was revealed by the head of ASIO on Wednesday The Chinese foreign interference attempt was first flagged by ASIO boss Mike Burgess on Wednesday, when he warned “many” foreign nations were targeting all levels of government in Australia. The ABC has now confirmed a business figure in Australia with deep ties to China acted as a “puppeteer” to finance potential federal Labor candidates in NSW who would be sympathetic to Beijing. The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader have both been briefed on the failed overseas operation. Labor leader Anthony Albanese insisted the potential candidates courted by China were not ultimately preselected by his party, and the foreign interference attempt on Labor was unsuccessful. “I have spoken to Mr Burgess today and he has reaffirmed that he has not raised concerns about any of my candidates,” Mr Albanese said on Friday. When he first revealed vague details of… Read full this story
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