Aus­tralia down­plays ‘risk’ in sell­ing port to China firm

Asian Journal - - World -

Can­berra: Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull down­played the re­sults of an SMS poll which in­di­cated that al­most 90 per­cent of the popu la­tion see risk in the Dar­win port be­ing sold to a Chi­nese firm. The poll, con­ducted by the US State Depart­ment, re­vealed that 43 per­cent of the re­spon­dents felt that there was “a lot of risk” in sell­ing the Port of Dar­win to Chi­nese firm Land­bridge Group, while 46 per­cent of re­spon­dents said there was “some risk”. Eleven per­cent of the re­spon­dents saw “no risk” to Aus­tralia, Xin­hua news agency re­ported. But Turn­bull said on Wed­nes­day that the govern­ment would not be tak­ing the “text mes­sage opin­ion poll” se­ri­ously, and both his govern­ment and the US had “ap­pro­pri­ately” as­sessed any out­come of sell­ing the Port of Dar­win to the Chi­nese firm.

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