Naive cities extended China's influence and exposed Australia's interests to uncertain risk: ASPI

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
February 14 2022 - 1:00pm
The federal government has legislated to take control of foreign arrangements, but for decades states, territories and cities were making deals without considering national security implications. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

ACT officials and their counterparts in Australian state governments should be given classified briefings on national security risks and foreign interference, a new report on China's influence in Australia has found.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.

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