Australia’s American lenses

Ka Ma, Australia, May 10, 2024

ABC Nightlife between Phil Clark and Michael Pascoe mid-week discussed the ‘nest of spies’ reported in 2021 by ASIO DG Mike Burgess, who is happy to cast shade on China and Russia, but which was reported this week via the Washington Post to have been from India. The MSM seems to have made virtually nothing of it with government and opposition spokespeople quoted on the good relationship Australia has with the world’s biggest democracy and defence partner India – everyone has moved on. But imagine the response if the spy ring turned out to have been from China. As Pascoe noted, everyone spies on everyone but, because Australia is so fixated in its Sinophobia, we happily call out China when it suits us but turn a blind eye elsewhere.

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