There are concerns among business that the focus on Chinese government influence over Australian politics could harm trade and co-operation, as the Turnbull government looks to push the issue despite fresh questions over the Coalition's own relations with Communist Party officials.

Both Fairfax and News Corp papers are reporting the same "exclusive" this morning, with sources claiming embattled Labor Senator Sam Dastyari pressured Labor's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek not to meet with Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate Joseph Cheng Yu-shek during a 2015 visit. The story adds yet more fuel to the Dastyari fire, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stepping-up his attack over the weekend ($).