George Christensen revives diplomatic spit with threats to summons Chinese ambassador | Australia news - My Scoop 24
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96% "Scott Morrison maintained that his request for an investigation was perfectly reasonable and sensible and that the public dispute appeared to have subsided since ..."
94% "On Sunday, Secretary of Health Greg Hunt said the government would support a motion prepared by the European Union at the upcoming World Health ..."
93% "We believe that we have not only made the right decision, but also one of the most important decisions that an Australian government has ..."
92% "Diplomatic tensions between Australia and China may be rekindled by an extraordinary threat from a coalition army to call on the Chinese ambassador to ..."
83% "While China may renounce diplomatic immunities, this is considered very unlikely""
81% "He also sets up a China Investigation website with a welcome message saying, We must stand up for Australia's sovereignty and economic independence and ..."
76% "Guardian Australia has contacted Christensen and the Chinese Embassy for comment.""
74% "Under Article 31 of the Vienna Sales Convention, diplomatic agents are not obliged to testify.""
64% "The committee has already investigated whether there is a need for diversification of Australian trade markets and Australia's dependence on foreign investment - but ..."
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Contributing sentiments towards policy:97% : "We live in a robust democracy where different views can be heard," the minister said in a statement, adding that the government believed that investment and exports were important to Australian jobs.
96% : Scott Morrison maintained that his request for an investigation was "perfectly reasonable and sensible" and that the public dispute appeared to have subsided since late April.
94% : On Sunday, Secretary of Health Greg Hunt said the government would support a motion prepared by the European Union at the upcoming World Health Assembly, which he said included "an independent investigation, regulatory work in wet markets and also the possibility of independent inspection powers."
93% : "We believe that we have not only made the right decision, but also one of the most important decisions that an Australian government has made in decades," Hunt told Sky News.
92% : Diplomatic tensions between Australia and China may be rekindled by an extraordinary threat from a coalition army to call on the Chinese ambassador to answer questions from a parliamentary committee.
83% : While China may renounce diplomatic immunities, this is considered very unlikely
81% : He also sets up a "China Investigation" website with a welcome message saying, "We must stand up for Australia's sovereignty and economic independence and against threats to communist China."
76% : Guardian Australia has contacted Christensen and the Chinese Embassy for comment.
74% : Under Article 31 of the Vienna Sales Convention, diplomatic agents "are not obliged to testify".
64% : The committee has already investigated "whether there is a need for diversification of Australian trade markets and Australia's dependence on foreign investment" - but Christensen wants to sharpen focus on China and has raised the prospect of calling Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye , to testify.
62% : Christensen does not seem to have sought support from senior government officials such as Commerce Secretary Simon Birmingham for the plans, and it is unclear whether the entire committee has yet voted to support the move.
61% : Ambassador Cheng had previously warned that consumer boycotts were possible, arguing that Australia's pursuit of an international investigation was part of a US-backed "political campaign against China."
51% : "I would like to know why the Ambassador felt the need to mention the possibility of a trade boycott in response to Australia's request for an international investigation into the origin of the Wuhan corona virus," the MP told the Sunday Mail .
50% : While the attempt to force the Ambassador to appear at a hearing in Canberra will almost certainly fail due to diplomatic immunity, the push interrupts a pause in public sparring between the two governments over the response to Covid-19. George Christensen, Queensland Coalition MP who has been threatening to cross the road for some time, has expressed the latest threat in his capacity as Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth.
49% : . Christensen wants Cheng to appear before the committee as early as August, according to a report in the News Corp.'s Sunday Mail, which also said the announcement would appear "early tomorrow" to the ambassador.
34% : Meanwhile, Australia has digested a theory promoted by US political leaders that the virus may have started in a laboratory in Wuhan.
30% : In recent days, the Prime Minister has stressed that any inquiry should be considered "with a fair intention and a fair motive".
29% : Hunt said the government disagreed with the World Health Organization on Australia's decision to close the border to visitors from China on February 1 in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
23% : In response to the development, Birmingham stressed that this should be seen in the context of the political debate.
23% : The governments of China and Australia became embroiled last month in a confused argument over the form of a proposed international investigation into Covid-19 and Beijing's apparent threat of revenge.
13% : In an interview with the Australian Financial Review published on April 26, Cheng said that Chinese tourists and students will revise their plans to visit in the future "if the mood goes from bad to worse," while consumers may also decide to no Australian wine to buy and beef.
8% : At the height of those tensions, the Chinese Embassy has released details of a call from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and in an attempt to embarrass Morrison's government, the department secretary claimed that it "did not moment was to start the review "now and Australia has no details on the proposal".