The Gold Coast Bulletin

Senator’s bold call to attack China


AUSTRALIA must launch cyber retaliatio­ns on China to punish Beijing for its own attacks, a key crossbench­er says.

Independen­t senator Rex Patrick said China must pay “a diplomatic price” for its cyber aggression­s, demanding the government adopt an “offensive strategy” towards Beijing.

Senator Patrick demanded the Chinese government be named as a major source of cyber attacks, calling for targeted sanctions against individual­s or organisati­ons.

“Without imposing some consequenc­es, there is no reason to dial back what are unquestion­ably hostile actions against Australia’s national interests,” he said.

Australian Secret Intelligen­ce Organisati­on chief Mike Burgess in March warned the cyber threat had reached a level “not seen since the height of the Cold War”.

China was widely believed to be the culprit behind a series of cyber attacks on Australia, and Senator Patrick said the federal government “should be prepared to retaliate in kind” by launching retaliatio­ns on Chinese stateowned groups.

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Rex Patrick.

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