Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday.
The reforms follow a recommendation from an Australian parliamentary committee last March for a ban on political donations from foreign companies and individuals.
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Under the new laws, it will be a crime for a person to engage in conduct on behalf of a foreign principal that will influence a political or governmental process, including opposition party policy, and is either covert or involves deception. The Australian leader appeared confident about what he said was the most significant overhaul of espionage in decades.