Australian universities are not doing enough to combat the influence of China's ruling Communist Party, a group of Federal Government backbenchers has warned.
The comments follow recent pro-Beijing rallies staged in several Australian cities against Hong Kong's democracy movement — rallies which were praised by Chinese Government-controlled media — and come just days after Liberal MP Andrew Hastie warned about China's activities.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan played down suggestions of a leadership crisis among universities, insisting the Government was taking foreign interference "incredibly seriously".
Labor's foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said the issue should be dealt with by the Government executive rather than outspoken backbenchers.
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