The ranks of lobby groups in Australia will always be teeming with ex-politicians. Crikey takes a look at a few notable examples...
The China Lobby needs to keep up with what's going on in the region while rehearsing Beijing's talking points.
The prosecution of Bernard Collaery and Witness K for revealing the bugging of Timor-Leste overlooks that Bob Carr and Mark Dreyfus revealed espionage claims first, and reckoned the allegations "weren't new".
Carr's 'hymn to public life' was launched among some of the biggest names in Labor of the last half century.
Crikey takes a quick look at John Garnaut — the man Bob Carr describes as one of ''the leaders of the recent anti-China panic in the Australian media".
Senior Labor figure Wayne Swan has criticised intelligence agencies for leaking against Labor in the foreign interference debate.
Clive Hamilton's book on Chinese influence works best when it dissects the activities of Australia's clutch of China apologists. But he struggles to show how any Beijing influence has ever been effectively used.
The primary responsibility for NSW Labor's shift on Palestine is the determination of the Israeli government to destroy any possibility of a two-state solution. And it's probably already achieved that.
Plus eight other pollies and their various corporate interests.
Feng’s detention is completely of a piece with the multi-pronged stepping-up of the already crushing censorship under Chinese leader Xi Jinping.