Liberal MP Andrew Hastie told The Daily Mail Australia that Andrews had committed « the reserve through his own foreign policy with China ». Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has criticised the Morrison government`s plan to denounce deals with foreign powers specifically targeting China and said the move would further hamper his state`s economic recovery. Coalition to put in place laws to prevent Australian governments and universities from doing « damaging » business with foreign powers It`s a secret deal that has surprised outside politicians, and now Victoria`s comfortable deal with Beijing is back in the spotlight. Premier Daniel Andrews repeatedly resisted calls last week to unblock the deal, noting that the federal government had not issued an agreement with China on the same initiative. Andrews signed a five-year MoU with China in 2018, the details of which remain secret. Jason South « These changes will give Australian governments, institutions and the people confidence that international agreements will be treated with due diligence to ensure they are in our national interest and values, » said Payne. Canberra may oppose Victoria`s decision to sign the initiative, but the federal government has also signed a memorandum of understanding with China, which has also largely kept it secret. « It`s important that when it comes to treating Australia from the rest of the world, we speak with one voice and work on a plan, » he said. « Australians are right to expect that the federal government that elects them will not precipise foreign policy. » The Commonwealth apparently wanted nothing to do with BRI itself, despite the potential to inject billions of dollars into the country`s northern regions, said Professor Peter Lloyd of the University of Melbourne. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an interview in May to leave open the possibility of suspending certain forms of information exchange with Australia if the Victorian agreement results in projects affecting the security of security networks. Part of the responsibility for the extent of public distrust of the deal lies with Mr Andrews and his government for the secrecy of the deal. The prime minister said this week that his government disagrees with China on everything, but defended efforts to maintain a strong trade relationship.
Some Labour at federal and regional level was disappointed on Tuesday by the party`s former deputy campaign leader, Kosmos Samaras, who suggested that the BRI deal helped the Andrews government win the 2018 regional election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison attacked the Victorian government for signing the deal without consulting Canberra. On Thursday, Andrews did not hide his anger at the likely sinking of his memorandum of understanding with China. Accusing Morrison of having nothing better to do with his time, he suggested it was up to the prime minister to find alternatives to help Victoria`s struggling economy. Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said there was a serious risk that Victorian companies would contribute directly to Beijing`s Pacific debt diplomacy as part of the deal. China and Victoria also hope to set up reciprocal trade in food and cosmetics, while discussions are already underway on the accreditation of Victorian slaughterhouses for the delivery of beef and lamb to China. The Morrison government will pursue new powers to prevent public, territorial and local governments and universities from entering into agreements with foreign governments that it believes undermine Australia`s foreign policy objectives. . . .