Australia must do ‘everything it can’ to see journalist Cheng Lei released by China

LNP Senator for Queensland Gerard Rennick says Australia needs to do "everything we can" to see journalist Cheng Lei released by China.

"I’m sure Marise Payne the Foreign Minister is doing all she can to ensure that happens," Mr Rennick told Sky News host Gary Hardgrave.

"But obviously as you well understand, it’s very difficult to tell the Chinese government what to do."

Cheng Lei, who worked for Chinese state-owned television, was arrested by the Chinese government one year ago on national security grounds.