It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Defence to investigate Fitzgibbon claims
DEFENCE chiefs have ordered an investigation into claims departmental officials conducted covert inquiries into their minister Joel Fitzgibbon.
The unnamed officials reportedly investigated the defence minister's association with a Chinese-born Sydney businesswoman and whether it constituted a security risk.
Defence force head Angus Houston and departmental secretary Nick Warner have ordered the inquiry today.
Department denies spying on minister
DEFENCE secretary Nick Warner says he's seen nothing to suggest his department was covertly investigating its minister Joel Fitzgibbon. "I have seen no information to suggest there is any substance to any of the allegations" he said.
Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon confirms Helen Liu paid for trips to China
DEFENCE Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has confirmed he took two trips to China paid for by Chinese-born businesswoman Helen Liu that he failed to declare to parliament. Mr Fitzgibbon has been at the centre of a political storm involving his relationship with his department following claims department officers spied on his relationship with Ms Liu.
Business associates of Ms Liu, who travels between Sydney and China, also acknowledged a strong friendship between her and Mr Fitzgibbon. ASIC documents show several of her deregistered Australian companies had Chinese Government-owned enterprises as shareholders.
AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called on the United States to work to integrate China into global governance, calling the Asian power a "huge opportunity". Mr Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat, said during his visit to Washington that China should feel it has a stake in world bodies, most notably the International Monetary Fund where its voting power is now minimal.
Helen Liu was investigated for links to Chinese Governemt
THE woman at the centre of national security issues involving Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon was under investigation for her links to the Chinese Government. Intelligence officials had noted wealthy Chinese-born, Sydney-based businesswoman Helen Liu's contact and activities with senior officials in the Chinese government, Fairfax reports. The contacts were picked up in normal monitoring of Chinese activity in Australia, the reports say.
Helen Liu 'spy' storm widens
THE Chinese-Australian woman at the centre of a top-level espionage inquiry has met both Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former PM John Howard, it has been revealed. Mr Rudd is believed to have attended a private dinner in Brisbane in 2004, where he met and talked at length in Mandarin with Helen Liu.