In his current inquiry into Chinese donations to the Labor Party ,ICAC Commissioner Peter
Hall QC(picture above) seems reluctant to go anywhere near the matter of Zhu Minshen and his Top Group,whose
donations to the NSW Liberal Party may have consequences for Hall's former colleagues at the NSW Bar and Bench who manage the Legal Profession Admission Board, the body that has provided Zhu the status of a law school vice chancellor.
NSW Libs received donations of $44,275 from TOP Education Grosup
This writer has raised the question for which an answer has yet to be provided:
It was reported in the above article that while Zhu's Top Group is in the business of providing teaching services, Zhu himself is reported to be a well known investor in real estate(see article in Chinese below). Additionally Clive Hamilton in his book "Silent Invasion" asserts that Zhu started a property development company in 1996 from which he made "tens of millions of dollars".
The Chinese language article that Hamilton relied on has been translated in part and includes this paragraph:
In 1996, Zhu Minshen began to get involved in the real estate industry. In 1999, he became the managing director of Urban Property Development Co., Ltd., and his business also achieved tens of millions of Australian dollars from several million Australian dollars.
At the beginning of 1999, Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese ambassador to Australia, visited Sydney to visit new and old Chinese and overseas Chinese. He went to Zhu Minshen’s real estate site to look at it.
That is not the only reference to Zhu as a property developer. The article below which seems to be more readily found on the Net includes this paragraph:
Now the company of Zhu Minshen is making hundreds of houses every year with a turnover of tens of millions of Australian dollars.
Peter Hall and ICAC's continued refusal to call Zhu Minshen and gather all and any evidence of his activities, including his property development businesses, raises questions about the ICAC Chief Commissioner's objectivity.If he cannot show that he is not conflicted with regards the current Attorney General Marp Speakman and the ruling NSW Liberal Party , he should at minimum step down as chair of the current inquiry.