If we can’t manage sophistication in our diplomacy with Beijing, consistency would be useful

An hour and a half before Andrew Hastie stood up in the federation chamber of the Australian parliament to share confidential information he’d picked up from the Americans, word reached the spy chief, Duncan Lewis, that something might be afoot.

Hastie, the Western Australian conservative and former SAS officer, now head of one of the most powerful committees in the parliament – the intelligence and security committee – took it upon himself on Tuesday night to use parliamentary privilege to allege the Australian Chinese billionaire Chau Chak Wing as the person funding the bribery of a senior United Nations official, the person identified in court documents as CC3.

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