Chinese students turn on Aussie professors

Tensions rise as Chinese government’s influence infiltrates Aussie universities AUSTRALIAN educators are increasingly coming under attack from Chinese students, raising concerns their government’s influence is permeating our universities. The students have been openly complaining about Western teaching methods and ideas, and publicly demanding apologies or changes to how subjects are explored. The trend has raised…

Chinese influence in Darwin school ‘not a concern’ for NT Government

The Northern Territory Government is unconcerned about Chinese Government control over a language and culture course at a Darwin School, the NT Education Minister says. Chinese Government agency the Confucius Institute opened its first language and culture course in the Northern Territory at Woodroffe Primary School on Wednesday. “The [Confucius] classroom funding comes from a…

Immigration intake will remain at record level for 2017 – 2018

Australia’s permanent migration programme for 2017-18 will remain at a ceiling of 190,000 places. This was announced by Department of Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton on budget day. After recent announcements of abolishing the 457 visas and strengthening the requirement to gain Australia’s citizenship, all eyes were on government to see if the…

Parents fears over Chinese Confucius program in schools 

PARENTS have raised serious concerns about a program, devised and funded by the Chinese regime, being offered at some north shore public schools. “It’s basically a Chinese regime-run institution on an Australian campus, which concerns me for a few different reasons. “Confucius classrooms are not run by Australian schools, they are run by the Chinese…

Beijing sends  blunt warning to Chinese Australians

“Unfortunately a signal of intimidation has been sent to Chinese Australians not to criticise Communist party interference in Australian domestic affairs,” the head of the National Security College at the Australian National University (ANU), Rory Medcalf, says. Dr Feng was finally allowed to leave Guangzho, China on Saturday, a month after arriving in China where…

Chinese communist party steps up university influence effort

The Chinese Communist Party had escalated its campaign to ­influence Australian universities at the same time as University of Technology Sydney academic Chongyi Feng was being interrogated in China. As recently as last week, in the days before Dr Feng was interviewed by Chinese officials, the head of a Chinese government ­department aimed at influencing…

Chinese to build $1bn city on QLD coast 

Vast sugar cane lands on the northern tip of the Gold Coast have fallen into Chinese hands in a $1 billion-plus deal that could see the rural landscape transformed into a new city by a Chinese theme park entrepreneur. Chinese company Songcheng Performance Development is striking the deal to give it control over a giant…

There are 200,000 empty homes in Sydney thanks to foreign ownership 

Sydney’s ghost homes: How 200,000 homes sit VACANT in Australia’s most expensive city – because foreign investors buy them and leave them to gather dust There are 200,000 homes on prime Sydney real estate sitting empty because foreign investors have bought them with no intention of living in them or renting them out, a leading…

Race discrimination commissioner warns against ‘evil’ xenophobia

Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane Australia cannot be complacent with ‘evil’ of xenophobia on the rise, says Tim Soutphommasane “People should enjoy freedom of speech, but like any freedom, it’s not absolute. As the parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech continues this week, Dr Soutphommasane said Australia needed strong leadership to maintain cultural harmony. “What I’m…

ABC Kids to offer preschool programms in Mandarin 

The ABC will offer four popular preschool television shows in Mandarin as part of a 12-month trial on ABC iview. The announcement: ABC is excited to announce that four of our most popular preschool programs will be available in Mandarin as part of a 12-month trial on ABC iview and ABC KIDS iview to celebrate…

Chinese developers surge back into Melbourne

Chinese developers roared back into Melbourne in the final five months of 2016, snapping up three-quarters of development sites as they shrugged off concerns about apartment oversupply, tougher planning rules and higher property taxes. Real estate agent CBRE said 75 per cent of the 45 Melbourne development sites they transacted between August and December were…