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Liu Xiaodong was once seated to the High Minister’s proper on the dinner. (Australian Power Windfarm)
A Chinese language businessman had dinner with High Minister Malcolm Turnbull simply 4 days after one in every of his corporations declared a $40,000 donation to Queensland’s Liberal Nationwide Birthday party (LNP).
- Liu Xiaodong is one in every of 3 administrators of Australian Power Windfarm, which gave $40,000 to LNP on November 15
- Malcolm Turnbull dined with Mr Xiaodong in Brisbane on November 19
- The corporate is bidding for funding alternatives in Queensland
The revelation comes amid debate about Chinese language corporations seeking to exert affect at the country’s political magnificence thru monetary donations and lobbying, and at the eve of the Queensland election.
The businessman, Liu Xiaodong, is one in every of 3 administrators of Gold Coast-based corporate Australian Power Windfarm (AEW), which describes itself as “China’s accountable wind energy provider”.
Mr Liu may be the chairman of China-based renewable power large Heilongjiang Ainaji Dianli Co Ltd, which owns 100 in step with cent of AEW and is pursuing main funding alternatives in Queensland.
The ABC understands Malcolm Turnbull had now not heard of Liu Xiaodong till they met at a dinner. (Australian Power Windfarm)
The donation was once declared with the Queensland Electoral Fee on November 15.
The ABC understands Mr Turnbull had now not heard of Mr Liu till they met at a dinner 4 days later in Brisbane.
The corporate reported the Sunday evening dinner on its Mandarin site however deleted it in a while after being contacted by means of the ABC.
“The High Minister was once invited to a serve as hosted by means of the LNP in Brisbane. The visitor record is an issue for the LNP,” a spokesman for the High Minister stated.
There is not any report of AEW having any important initiatives in Australia and the industry is registered at a suburban space.
Its site is incomplete however says it’s making plans a solar energy plant close to Kingaroy in Queensland.
ASIC paperwork display Mr Liu has a registered cope with on the Sanctuary Cove golfing hotel south of Brisbane.
Queensland LNP state director Michael O’Dwyer stated the social gathering permitted donations from all Australian registered corporations.
“The corporate in query is a proprietary restricted corporate registered with ASIC and the donation has been disclosed in line with the Electoral Fee of Queensland’s pointers,” he advised the ABC.
Mr Liu was once seated subsequent to the High Minister, on his proper, at a 12-person dinner in Brisbane.
The ABC has now not but showed the identification of the opposite visitors.
It isn’t transparent who invited Mr Liu or who made up our minds the seating association.
The Chinese language guardian corporate says its Australian associate was once established in step with the Chinese language Executive’s “One Belt One Street” initiative; a trillion-dollar push to dominate industry that has raised issues inside Australia’s intelligence group.
The ABC has contacted AEW and Heilongjiang soliciting for the incentive for the political donation, however no reaction was once gained prior to time limit.
The AEW site claims it has “been on this business for a number of many years with outstanding sensible talents, career, robust industry relationships amongst providers, governments, building [sic], which might be the most important basis for our good fortune”.
However the corporate was once best registered with ASIC in September 2016. That very same month, Mr Liu claims to have led a delegation to Australia to discover power funding alternatives.
The registered e mail cope with for AEW is similar e mail cope with indexed at the Chinese language guardian corporate’s site. When the ABC contacted AEW for remark, the spokesman stated he didn’t discuss English.
It’s unknown the place the dinner was once held.