Hamilton’s anti-censorship agenda very convenient
When a major publisher pulled the plug on Clive Hamilton’s latest book ‘Silent Invasion’, the author’s response was hardly a surprise.
The book is fully titled ‘Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia’ and alleges that thousands of Chinese agents have infiltrated Australia’s major industries as part of an elaborate espionage scheme.
“Allen and Unwin said that they were worried about retaliation from Beijing,” Hamilton said.
“They decided that it was too big a risk and therefore pulled the plug and returned the rights to me.”
In addition to the book’s broader accusations, Hamilton has also aligned the likes of Bob Carr, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating with the “erosion of Australian sovereignty”.
This erosion has been hastened by a more recent group of immigrants that include “billionaires with shady histories and tight links to the [Chinese Communist] party, media owners creating Beijing mouthpieces, ‘patriotic’ students brainwashed from birth, and professionals marshalled into pro-Beijing associations set up by the Chinese embassy,” Professor Hamilton writes.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating dismissed the author as ‘peddler of prejudice’ and, even more succinctly, a ‘nincompoop’.
Hamilton suggested that Allen and Unwin’s withdrawal was merely another example of free speech being threatened by external pressures.
“What we’re seeing now in this case is the first instance I believe where a major western publisher has decided to censor material critical of the Chinese Communist Party in its home country.”
“So this really is a watershed in the debate over China’s suppression of free speech and I think if we succumb to this in Australia we really have lost a big battle in trying to defend what we take to be fundamental rights and privileges and freedoms in this country.”
Of course, if you were attempting to sell your latest book then you probably would say something just like that.