The Pentagon, FBI and President Obama must be shaking their heads in collective disbelief at the latest astonishing news that former Australian Trade Minister , Andrew Robb , has signed up as an economic consultant to the Chinese company Landbridge ,which was incredibly given a 99-year lease of the Port of Darwin by the incompetent Country Liberal Party government which was blown away at the last election . The Americans, naturally, were annoyed about Canberra okaying the lease, President Obama making it clear to Malcolm Turnbull .
Apart from our great and powerful allies being stunned by this appointment , the Australian Defence Association executive director, Neil James , reportedly said it was inappropriate for Robb to take up the position , just seven months after quitting cabinet , as did the Maritime Union of Australia NT secretary , Thomas Mayor . It was pointed out that former ministers are not able to take personal advantage of confidential information they had access to as a minister and banned from lobbying the government for 18 months after leaving office.
Strange as it sounds , Robb did not think there was anything amiss taking up the job so soon after leaving politics and that there was no need to inform PM Turnbull that he had signed what amounts to a personal trade deal with Landbridge . It is plain to see he was not destined for a bright future in the diplomatic cservice . Secret Service , maybe .
Another farcical aspect of the port lease is that Australian Navy and Border Security vessels which use the port have to pay millions to the Chinese !!! Special facilities at those berths were built and paid for by Australia at great expense, a fact which has received little media attention.
Spare a thought for the unfortunate populace of East Timor after the war who only wanted to run their own country after the Portuguese pulled out , but the military strategists , warmongers and domino players warned a free Timor could become a Chinese base right on Australia's doorstep . As a result, the Timorese were subjected to nearly a quarter century of atrocities after the Indonesians got the green light from the US to invade and Australia and the rest of the world turned a blind eye to the slaughter. Now a Chinese company is running Port Darwin , the gateway to Australia , and the US Marines are increasing their activities with our forces in the NT .