Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week offended the Chinese-Australian community with his comments on relations between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: AFP

The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?

  • The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing
  • But years of underrepresentation in Parliament and being treated largely as fundraising ‘cash cows’ has made the community doubt that politicians have their interests at heart
Topic |   Australia

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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week offended the Chinese-Australian community with his comments on relations between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: AFP
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Many Mandarin-speakers in Australia expected to receive most of their information about the parties’ policies via WeChat. Photo: Bloomberg

Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls

  • As Australia goes to polls and main political parties woo ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media
  • More than half the country’s Mandarin speakers get their election information from WeChat, which has become the focus of campaign controversy in recent weeks
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Many Mandarin-speakers in Australia expected to receive most of their information about the parties’ policies via WeChat. Photo: Bloomberg
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