Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, August 18, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS
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Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday.Australia and neighbouring New Zealand are among roughly a third of countries worldwide that allow foreign donations to political parties.Australia's new laws, modelled in part on the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act, would criminalise foreign interference and require the registration of lobbyists working for nation states, Turnbull said.In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had no intention of interfering with Australia's internal affairs or using political funding to influence them.Despite that, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said foreign donations to activist group GetUp!, a non-partisan but vocal critic of the centre-right government, would be banned under Australia's new laws.
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