Prime Minister Scott Morrison says something doesn’t sound right about the "strangely high" number of meetings Deputy Labor Leader Richard Marles has had with Chinese government officials.
Over the last five years, Mr Marles visited the Chinese embassy in Canberra to meet with the ambassador or other high-ranking officials on 10 occasions, The Australian revealed.
The deputy Labor leader met with Chinese officials twice last year, once in 2020, twice in 2019, once in 2018 and three times in 2017.
Mr Morrison was asked about the reports on Friday and noted that he had never had formal meetings with the Chinese ambassador since becoming Prime Minister.
“It comes on top of the concerning reports about him running his speeches past the Chinese government,” he said while campaigning in the marginal Melbourne seat of Chisholm.
“And now we see a very strangely high number of meetings between an opposition member of Parliament and Chinese government officials.
“I mean, something doesn’t sound right about that to me.”