Statement from Xiangmo Huang
1. I am grateful to all my friends for your words of kindness from Australia and around the world. Please accept my sincere apology for not being able to thank every one of you in person.
2. I also appreciate the effort made by the friends in the media. You have my understanding and the highest respect for pursuing the noble practice of journalism with passion and devotion.
3. It is profoundly disappointing to be treated in such a grotesquely unfair manner. The decision of visa cancellation was made based on unfounded speculations that are prejudiced and groundless.This is not the Australia that I believe in,the Australia of freedom, democracy, rule-of-law and fairness, but I keep my faith in law and justice.
4. It is therefore gratifying to see confirmation in ASIO documents that I have never acted in any way in violation of the Australian laws and regulations.
5. According to ASIO, the key allegation is that I am committed to promoting the peaceful reunification of China as the current chairman of the Oceanic Alliance of Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (OAPPRC) and previously the chairman of the Australian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China(ACPPRC).
However, this is in line with Australia’s diplomatic position since 1972, that Australia respects China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and supports peaceful cross-strait relations, a one-China position confirmed by successive Australian Governments ever since, without objection by any Government,Labour or Liberal. The words and actions by OAPPRC and myself have accorded with Australia’s very own diplomatic position. It also happens to be my own firm personal belief that a divided China or a conflicted Taiwan Strait will not be in the best interests of Australia and even more so, should not become the policy of the Australian government.
OAPPRC and ACPPRC are local community organisations lawfully registered in Australia by Australian Chinese members from across the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and the Southeast Asian countries. OAPPRC and ACPPRC are neither affiliated with,nor funded by,any foreign governments.No Australian government agency, including ASIO, has ever raised any objections in this regard.
If I am penalised for promoting the peaceful reunification of China,such penalty is against Australia’s own diplomatic position and international commitment as well as Australia’s fundamental principles of cultural diversity and freedom of speech.Consequently, it inflicts confusion on all Australians who honour the one-China position and support peaceful cross-strait relations.
6. It is also pointed out in ASIO documents that my business and family ties to China could constitute threats.In the age of globalisation,especially in Australia, a nation of immigrants,it is both common and normal to have overseas business and family ties.There are a large number of Australian companies in China,and the scale of their foreign investments far exceeds mine. It will be outright ridiculous to suspect that they are therefore amenable to being manipulated by a certain foreign government.
7. Sadly,in recent years,particularly over the past few days,certain media outlets have opted to attack Australian Chinese, including myself, with baseless allegations and sheer lies. They always claim to have been supplied with information from intelligence agencies and senior government sources.The claims, if untrue,should bring shame to the reputable Australian journalism,as the said media outlets are proven to have been continuously engaged in news fabrication; if some are true, they implicate that there is a material leak of personal information from government officials holding positions at the Intelligence, intentionally violating security and privacy law and regulation – a grave security threat indeed. For these reasons, I hereby call on the intelligence agencies to provide clarification on the situation, and urge the relevant government departments to initiate a rigorous investigation process for any leak of classified information, which is the right and only way to safeguard the national security of Australia.
8. The political donations I made years ago have not been part of the grounds established by ASIO, yet certain journalists have been citing intelligence sources to produce sensationalized stories. I would like to make the following clarifications:
1) Political donation as a means of exercising the right to political participation is available to Australian Chinese and all ethnic groups alike.
2) All donations related to myself were made in strict accordance with the Australian laws and regulations, as ironically corroborated by years of aggressive yet futile attacks by certain media outlets.
3) All donations related to myself were made at the request of the receiving political parties and their representatives as opposed to being proactive offerings. The only voluntary donations I have initiated myself were made to wonderful charity causes and these amounts far exceed my political donations.
4) I chose to decline all political donation requests and ceased all political donations as of July 1st,2016.
自2016 年7 月1 日之后，我已经拒绝了所有政治捐款请求，停止任何政治捐款；
5) If any of the past donations I made was deemed inappropriate by any political party or political figure, I again propose the option for them to duly return the amount donated without the need to pay any interest.The returned money will be then donated to Australian charitable organisations accordingly.
6) As previously reported in The Australian, I in fact advocated for an overhaul of the political donation system1, and it is still my belief that a reform is necessary to better protect the rights and interests of all stakeholders of the country, including the political parties and politicians, donors, and the public in general.
我曾经在 The Australian (澳洲人报) 上呼吁对政治捐款制度进行改革①。我至今依然相信，只有进行相应的改革，才能更好地保障公众、政党及政治人物、捐款者等各方的权益。
9. The year 2018 was a fruitful one to me. In the first half of the year, I started to focus on my investments in Hong Kong, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom. In the second half of the year, I followed through the family succession plan for Yuhu Group Australia, no longer hold any position or shares at the company, and have returned to a peaceful and happy life in Hong Kong.
10. I will keep in close contact with my friends in Australia from all walks of life and will visit Australia at the appropriate time with the suitable identification.