What The Australian and Nick Whitlam forgot to tell us about Whitlam, money and China

The Australian today published this column from Nick Whitlam:

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The only disclosure The Australian made about Whitlam was this line at the end of his enthusiastically pro-China piece:

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Thanks to reader RobertS for this glaring omission:

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You are spot on Robert!

It's all laid out in the first par of Nick Whitlam's CV


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Nicholas Whitlam is a non-executive director of Crescent Wealth and chairman of his family company, Whitlam & Co. He is presently involved in establishing the China-related Generations Fund.

And what is the China-related Generations Fund?

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More Belt and Road.

It's a pretty glaring omission on The Australian's part to present Whitlam's pro-Communist-China propaganda, without letting us know about his pecuniary interest in 'building a harmonious world for generations to come'.


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The China-love is strong in Nick Whitlam

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Screen Shot 2021-05-05 at 7.44.35 amEvery day we read and hear about Chinese aggression. The militarisation of disputed atolls in the South China Sea certainly qualifies, albeit that it has nothing to do with Australia. (Whatever our thoughts about China’s treatment of Uighurs and the imposition of new laws in Hong Kong they are not Chinese aggression; they are internal matters, just as #MeToo, gun culture, money politics and voter suppression are matters internal to the US.) Was our banning of Huawei in 5G aggressive? Or our front-running for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus? The Chinese thought so.

Most Australians want our relations with China to be reset, for a return to civility and a restoration of some of the recently lost goodwill. National security has already been examined in the Darwin lease. So what has changed? We know the Americans were unhappy that they were not told of the deal before it closed, and we have a new defence minister. But if nothing has changed with respect to the lease, and nothing has, is it all to do with this government’s continued aggression towards China? Surely we can see that China will interpret it as such.

Nicholas Whitlam chaired the Port Authority of NSW and its predecessors from 2004 to 2018.