MP’s home is raided by federal agents amid allegations the Chinese Community Party infiltrated his office to influence Australian politics
Shaoquett Moselmane’s home in Sydney’s south was raided by Australian Federal Police on Friday morning
Federal agents have raided the Sydney home of an MP amid an investigation into Chinese influence over Australian politics.
Properties linked to NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane were searched on Friday morning, following allegations Chinese government agents infiltrated his office.
A dozen federal officers looked for evidence at Mr Moselmane’s two-storey Rockdale home, in Sydney’s south, at about 6.30am, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Six forensic officers arrived about an hour later to help with the probe and three cars outside Mr Moselmane’s were also searched.
Sources told the publication that if enough evidence is found in the ASIO investigation, there could be a prosecution over the alleged foreign interference to sway a serving politician.
It is not suggested allegations against the MP and his office are true but that they are subject to a federal investigation.
The Australian Federal Police confirmed on Friday search warrants were executed in Sydney as part of an ongoing investigation and that there was no threat to the community.
NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay said Mr Moselmane’s membership has been suspended.
‘I am very restricted in what I can and can’t say,’ she said on Friday morning.
‘This investigation needs to run its course.’
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