titious additions by Garnaut to add a sheen of authority to his unsupported speculations: “I am not persuaded that Mr Garnaut was being entirely truthful ab
out those matters… The likelihood is that Mr Garnaut’s evidence concerning that source was manufactured,” the judge said.
Identifying a person as spy without evidence
A Western Australian Labor MP, Pierre Yang, was savaged in The Australian on Dec 6 last year because, the paper all
eged, he had spent three months on a Chinese government vessel. This was enough to have him classed as a potential spy.
But it emerges that Yang was serving as an Australian Army reserve c
aptain. He had been mobilized by the Australian Army to serve on the Chinese vessel in the in
ternational search for the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 because he was a fluent Mandarin speaker and could ser
ve as liaison officer and linguist. No matter that he was performing duties as an exemplary citizen, his loyalty was impugned.