Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon's friendship links with a Chinese national seem to have gone well beyond the point of occasional, friendly personal encounters. Free trips to China and gifts from someone also making hefty financial contributions to the ALP seem completely over the top. Particularly when Fitzgibbon lies about the gifts until they are revealled to be facts and particularly given that he is the nation's defence Minister.
Can he be so naive as to assume other countries do not seek to influence and compromise ministers in pursuit of their national interest? How could a person in this position put himself in a position of appearing to be compromised?
Several major Australia-China issues are currently on the Australian political agenda. China seeks a substantial stake in the Australian resource sector.
Joel Fitzgibbon should resign or be sacked.