A federal politician says the death of a 32-year-old man and his potential links to an alleged plot to infiltrate Australia’s parliament with a foreign spy needs to be fully investigated.
Nine’s 60 Minutes aired extraordinary claims last night that Melbourne luxury car dealer Nick Zhao, 32, was cultivated by the Chinese government to run as a Liberal Party candidate.
Citing sources with knowledge of the alleged plot, the program revealed that Mr Zhao reported the plot to Australia’s spy agency ASIO.
He was then reportedly found dead in a Melbourne hotel room in March and investigators have been unable to conclude how he died.
The revelation of the alleged plot comes after 60 Minutes aired the claims of self-proclaimed Chinese spy Wang “William” Liqiang.
Nine newspapers had reported that Mr Wang has provided ASIO with details of how China’s senior military intelligence officers fund and conduct political interference operations in Australia, as well as in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
He claimed his loyalty to the Chinese government faltered after he received a fake South Korean passport and was made to travel to Taiwan to interfere in the upcoming election there.