Minister for International Development and the Pacific Alex Hawke has told Sky News categorically the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade “did not receive” the Belt and Road Initiative agreement before it was signed by the Victorian Government. FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2020/05/31/2020-may-31-no-doubt-victoria-did-not-consult-dfat-before-signing-controversial-china-deal/
It was reported on Wednesday Victoria did not consult with DFAT before signing the second stage of a memorandum of understanding with the Communist Party, however Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addressed this and claimed his government had provided the department with the deal.
Victoria is expected to officially engage in the controversial $24.5 billion infrastructure program with China later this year, which is in direct contradiction to the federal government’s public approach to Belt and Roads.
Ms Hawke said it is “incorrect to say that the federal government or our agencies had any forewarning about this agreement”.
“If you’re going to do any kind of arrangement with a foreign power, you really need to go through the federal government and consult”.
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Original-Source: Sky News
Original-Source-Published: 2020 MAY 31,
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