Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government won’t shy away from securing the country against foreign influence.
“We have a very robust system of investigating these matters as has just been demonstrated,” Mr Morrison said pointing to the Australian Federal Police raids on the Sydney home and parliamentary offices of NSW MP Shaoquett Moselmane, who was suspended from the Labor Party after Friday’s revelation.
The raids were part of an investigation into allegations Chinese agents had infiltrated his office.
“This is a threat that our government has been increasingly aware of and has been ramping up for many, many years,” Mr Morrison said.
“We introduced our foreign interference laws because we didn’t want Australia’s political system or any other part of the country to be interfered with, and we just didn’t put in the laws we backed it up the resources and the taskforces to investigate.
“It’s very concerning there has been an investigation launched by that taskforce into someone who has been a very, very long-standing and relatively senior person within the NSW ALP.
“There are many laws in this country and it’s important that people who are putting themselves forward for public office don’t find themselves foul of those laws.”