SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

8 August 2019

MORRISON MUST LEAD ON CHINA

Scott Morrison must show leadership on Australia’s relationship with China.

It is not enough to downplay Mr Hastie as a backbencher who is entitled to his views.

The China relationship is a critical relationship for Australia – it is both complex and consequential.

This Government has a history of its members making ill-advised and unnecessarily inflammatory statements.

Rather than pandering to his backbench, Mr Morrison must ensure the Government is taking a disciplined and consistent approach to the management of Australia’s relationship with China.

This is far too important to our national interest.

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.