Friday, October 13, 2017

On John Denton's clumsy promotion of the PRC;almost as bad as bragging about a conversation with Yeltsin's driver

by Ganesh Sahathevan 

Katyusha (Катюшa) -by the Alexandrov Ensemble and ladies from the PLA. An example of managing and harmonizing conflicting interests that Denton could learn from.

John Fitzgerald's article in the Lowy Interpreter explains in excruciating detail why John Denton's defence of the government of the Peoples Republic China is clumsy and not credible in what it seeks to achieve. Fitzgerald was responding to Denton and one Peter Drysdale's (famous for something or another, I'm sure) recent article in the AFR where both  chastised Australians for questioning the right of Chinese nationals in Australia to promote the interests of the PRC.

That effort was as clumsy as Denton's bragging in a 1998 interview about how, as a "political analyst" seconded to DFAT from Corrs, serving in Russia, he obtained information from then president Boris Yeltsin's movements from Yeltsin's driver.


Friday, October 6, 2017

The matter of Corrs ,the PRC and the PLA: National security trumps legal professional privilege;likely that privileged info already in the hands of foreign agencies

by Ganesh Sahathevan 

Current Chinese President Xi Jinping with Corrs CEO John W.H. Denton

Given law firm Corrs and its CEO John Denton's admission on the Corrs website that the  Darwin Port deal will provide Chinese naval vessels with facilitated access to Australia,  it is in the national interest that all records at Corrs be reviewed  to determine how and to what extent Australian national interests have been compromised. 

Corrs and Denton will no doubt claim that their files are all subject to legal professional privilege, but national security must trump that of some law firm and its clients making a bit of money.In any case, it is more likely than not that Corrs IT systems have already been breached by any number of intelligence agencies in this region. Denton and his partners may , for example, want to familiarize themselves with the acronym RAW.


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