The federal government’s review of the ownership of the Port of Darwin by a Chinese company highlights Australia’s need for a “national security strategy,” according to Liberal Senator Jim Molan.
The federal government is examining the 99-year lease which was signed with the Chinese company Landbridge Group to see if it constitutes a national security risk.
“If we had a national security strategy back in 2015 and someone proposed that we sell the Port of Darwin, a port which is closely associated with a significant ally of ours, plus our own military capability, then bells would have rung,” Mr Molan told Sky News host Paul Murray.
“They didn’t ring in those days, they started ringing afterwards when we thought about it.
“We need an overall strategy so that if someone proposes something as dumb as selling a port to the Chinese, the bells will ring.”