Former top US intelligence official, James Clapper, has joined the growing chorus of voices warning of Chinese interference in Australian politics. He's likened Beijing's growing influence to Russia's recent meddling in last year's presidential election.
The controversy has refocussed attention on foreign donations to Australian political parties. Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten, says foreign donations should be banned without delay.
An ABC 4 Corners report aired this week revealed the major parties were warned by the national security service (ASIO) not to accept donations from Chinese billionaires linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
The Special Minister of State and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet, Scott Ryan, says the Turnbull Government is 'working on' banning foreign donation.