conversations actually took place at all, or were fict

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.

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