Reports link delays to tense relations between over question of covert Chinese Communist party influence in Australia

The Department of Home Affairs, the new “super-ministry” whose minister is Peter Dutton, has strongly rejected claims it is deliberately delaying Chinese student visas, following stories in China’s state-run media and social media that claim the issue is “politically motivated” .

The Global Times story and an article by Australian Red Scarf – a populist, patriotic Chinese-language website popular with Chinese students in Australia – claimed between 100 and 200 Chinese students have been left in limbo while they wait for visas, with some being forced to look elsewhere to study.

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