Good morning, early birds. The Chinese Communist Party has tried to hose down fears in Australian Parliament about foreign donations and influence. Plus, Labor is on the cusp of victory in Queensland, and that's bad news for Adani. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

BEIJING BITES BACK

The Chinese government has responded ($) to months of focus on the role of Communist Party-linked donors and lobbyists in Australia by rebuking the media for what it called a "Cold War mentality and ideological bias, [that has] reflected typical anti-China hysteria and paranoia".