Morrison to tear up Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative deal with Beijing

Morrison to tear up Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative deal with Beijing, by Simon Benson.

Scott Morrison will legislate to tear up Victoria’s multi-million-dollar Belt and Road Initiative agreement with Beijing, creating laws that will also ban a raft of other deals with foreign governments found to be against the ­national interest.

In an unprecedented move against Chinese interference and the protection of state secrets, the use of external powers under the Constitution to direct state, territory and local governments on ­national security issues will effectively kill dozens of agreements with foreign governments and ­institutions.

Tim Blair:

Victoria is the only Australian state that signed a Ball and Chain agreement with China — and now the federal government is stepping in to end it.