One Nation candidate sacked by Chinese-owned company

As Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion details, the infiltration into Australia by the Chinese communist regime proceeds apace at every level. Chinese nationals studying on Australian campuses are spied on and threatened. Academics are pressured to make their content conform to Beijing’s views. Politicians at the highest levels of government have been implicated in corruption. Chinese hackers steal military secrets.

Not even people’s jobs and freedom of association appear to be safe from the tentacles of Beijing’s stealthy power.

One Nation candidate Gaye Cameron claims she has been sacked for her ‘political views’ and claims her employer has contravened the Fair Work Act.

Ms Cameron ran for the New South Wales seat of Cook, the Prime Minister’s seat in south Sydney, at the recent federal election, while working for Chinese solar and wind developer Goldwind.

According to Federal Circuit Court documents, the company sent Ms Cameron a show cause letter the day before the May 18 election, saying that partly because of her political leanings, there was a conflict in her work and ‘demonstrated antagonism to Chinese interests and influence in Australia.’

Ms Cameron has failed in getting an injunction to stop her termination, but a Federal Circuit Court judge has stated that she has a prima facie case that her employer breached the Fair Work Act by sacking her for her political views.

“It’s the first test case, I’ve been told, where a worker has put their hand up to run for a party. Irrespective of whether it was Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. If it was Greens or Labor or the Animal Justice Party, everyone has a democratic right to put their hand up and have a vision to strive to be in the political arena and do well for this country.”

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Ms Cameron received a show cause letter on 18 May, the day of the federal election, and was sacked on 3 June. While the Federal Circuit Court dismissed her application for an interlocutory injunction to stop the termination, the judge said there is a prima facie case the employer breached the Fair Work Act.

The Fair Work Act states that “adverse action cannot be taken against an employee because of their political opinion”.

Goldwind’s Managing Director denies that “the employee’s association with any political party or her political opinions were not relevant in making this decision”. Instead, the company claims Ms Cameron took five days unpaid leave, to campaign, when she was only approved for three.

Yet the letter from Goldwind specifically mentions her political views and that she therefore had the potential to damage the company’s reputation. The letter also specifically cited One Nation’s “rejection of support for taxpayer subsidies for renewable sources of energy” and “building new low-emission coal-fired power stations”. It also referred to One Nation’s “problem with foreign-owned multinational companies” and “demonstrated antagonism to Chinese interests and influence in Australia”.

The letter also said that One Nation “has been associated with both a lack of tolerance for multicultural [sic]”.

There’s so much to unpack in that letter that it’s astonishing that the suits at Goldwind were stupid enough to actually put it all in writing. The message is pretty unambiguous. Australia, you’ve been told.

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