by Ganesh Sahathevan
South Wales (2016/08/16-NSW the first and only jurisdiction in the world to grant a Chinese Communist Party linked entity the right to issue law degrees
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg have proposed that the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) would have to approve all investments in a "sensitive national security business", regardless of the value of the deal.
Together with that right comes the power prevent law graduates from being admitted to practice law in NSW and in Australia, even after they have successfully completed their law degrees.
Known as Rule 19 certificates issued pursuant to the Uniform Legal Profession Admission Rules,the power to do so can and has been used to protect the interests of the entity that issues the degrees. As this writer discovered the power to issue Rule 19 certificates can be used to conceal poor delivery of courses, and can be done with the collaboration of the regulator, in this case the NSW LPAB.
The case of Zhu Minshen and Top Education Group raises the issue of how Rule 19 certificates can be used to ensure that Sydney City School Of Law may be used to ensure that graduates align themselves with the interests of the Communist Party Of China. This is not an unreasonable conclusion given Zhu's history.