Morrison could muzzle his China hawks – but he wants to be all things to all people | Katharine Murphy

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Bubbling grievances are validated by the George Christensens of the Coalition, while the grown-ups keep the relationship on the rails

I’m reasonably sure this saying is apocryphal, but it is said there is an old Chinese curse – “may you live in interesting times” – and we are certainly living through strange and mildly surreal times. The times are interesting enough, it seems, for a member of the government of Australia to be hosting a website declaring “it is time to speak up on China’s economic infiltration of our nation”.

The MP in question is George Christensen, the Queensland National. It’s no great insight to observe George blows hard. George talks a big game, and here he is, talking a big game on the reddest, hottest, political issue of the moment – Australia’s fraying relationship with our largest trading partner. George has given the matter some reflection, and he thinks “we can keep giving in to China’s threats, and selling off our country, or we can make a stand for our sovereignty” – and he’d very much like you to write him and take his survey.

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