Yesterday, former Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon declared it “absolutely possible” that those surprisingly real Rolexes gifted to Tony Abbott & co., from Chinese businessman Li Ruipeng, had been bugged. Fitzgibbon strongly recommended that next time his peers get any and all presents X-rayed at Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate.
“When I was Defense Minister, if I was given so much as a USB drive, I’d hand it over to DSD,” Fitzgibbon opined. “Anyone in a senior position should do the same in the interests of national security.”
However, the offices of Stuart Robert and Ian Mcfarlane admitted to neglecting such testing of the watches, while Abbott’s office declined to comment at all, reports The Sydney Morning Herald (check out the on-point comic).
Upon first receiving the watches, the MPs assumed they were knock-offs — “because they all came out of a paper bag” — and thus failed to declare them, demonstrating an appalling lack of paranoid hyper-vigilance all round.
On that note, Robert was dropped from the Liberal front-bench last week, as a consequence of a ill-advised trip he made to Beijing in 2014 to celebrate a pal’s mining deal with a Chinese company — so it would seem that China is successfully picking off the Australians one way or another, with hardly any intentional effort.
By Pinky Latt