“The fact that we, Rise Up Australia Party, preferenced Gladys Liu 2nd on our ‘How-to-Vote’, may or may not contributed to her win. However, we backed Gladys because she mirrored much of Rise Up’s staunch conservative values.


My father, Walter Steckis Snr,(pictured above) served with the Australian Air Force during the Vietnam War in the 60’s. He was an aircraft mechanic and testified to the fact that no aircraft failed during his tenure. My Dad could fix just about anything.

It was only in recent years that I began to ask Dad questions about his perspective on the Vietnam War.  He told me that he believed he was undertaking his service and duty, along with the rest of the Australian military, in holding back the communist insurgency that was threatening the security of Australia and its borders. Dad was protective of his Australia, especially since Australia took him as a young child and WW2 refugee.  He was born in Berlin, Germany on April 16, 1945, the very first day of one of the most horrific battles of the war, the ‘Battle of Berlin’.(1)  That my Father endured the challenges, survived, sometimes barely, and arrived safely in Australia is a miracle in itself. Perhaps this all contributed to his inarguable loyalty and patriotism to Australia.

Dad met and married my dear Mum, fourth generation Australian, and they both raised me and my siblings with this same loyalty and patriotism. When I was a child, my Dad used to wake us up in the mornings and say, “Wake up Australia needs you!”

My Dad, pictured on the right with me, less than a year before he sadly passed away in August 2017, and I often wonder what he would say on the contemporary communist insurgencies. Would he say they now operate in stealth rather than in overt military threats? To me, it’s not much different..It takes multiple fronts and most of the time it’s just….Made in China.  Any diligent student of history would know that China had a part to play in the Vietnam War.  The Viet Cong fighting against the Allied forces were players in a Chinese proxy war on their soil(1a). It’s just now another proxy war rages through our pockets.

Most wars have been about who maintains economic control of the ‘silk road’, yes?(2) Perhaps the next war has already started. Think of a movie where everything in one’s house has the logo of the big corporate that seems to run the town. We only have to look around our own homes and the majority of items from TV’s, to clothes and furniture, are ‘Made in China’ or Made in PRC (People’s Republic of China). The fact that we have continued to buy from a country who, only a generation and a half ago, tried to expand their influence militarily into the world, well, doesn’t that raise some ‘red’ flags to anyone else?  Pun intended!


Want to know what a country’s government is truly like, then look at the way they treat their young and vulnerable.  For China, Tiananmen square is a prime example up for assessment. The Chinese government’s own figures put the death toll from that insurgence at 241 killed and over 7,000 injured.  However, a plethora of other sources say that the actual death toll sits at a minimum amount of a staggering 10,000 people!(3) Those are scores of their own youth who in 1989 challenged the government to reform in a series of peaceful protests following the death of Mao Zedong. How can we forget this massacre and go on ‘business as usual’? God knows Hong Kong remembers contributing to the present unease. Before, during and after the 1989 massacre, China has been welcomed in via our own pockets. We wanted things cheaper and cheaper so we could have more and more; but what does the big corporate company require of us? What has it really cost us? In the end have we sold our souls to the company store?(4) Meanwhile Australia’s own manufacturing sector has declined, and homemade and grown products are constantly competing with a cheaper Chinese alternative where the playing field is unbalanced, in the areas of environmental considerations and fair/safe work place laws. Then, when greed grows and we want to live beyond our means, and cheap still is not enough, then we borrow, and the mistake is made when anyone borrows, owes or has any sort of debt to China. The ancient proverb with timeless insight: borrower is slave to the lender”(5), and this distils into the eventual signing over of our critical infrastructure to China or other dictatorial powers, ie: Darwin port, agricultural land across the country etc. Then….enter the mighty Mr Palmer where talk ‘isn’t cheap’.


Clive Palmer will go down in history for his famous ‘Clive Palmer’s United Australia’ ad campaign(5a) before the 2019 Federal Election who can be credited with returning the Liberal government to power, whether that’s what he intended to do or not. Palmer’s poignant and important awareness campaign, to the tune of $60 million, put China’s influence more broadly on the radar, particularly with ownership to air landing strips and ports, heightening our sense of security risks directly posed to Australia. Yet still our borders have effectively been breached under the banner of economics, mainly for greed’s sake. What else would lead anyone to allow a dictatorial communist nation with a bloody history to have such direct access to Australia and its’ resources. China is requiring her pound of flesh, yet we must play the legal game and ensure she is given not an ounce more or ounce less. (6)


What is little known is that Cape York, the northernmost tip of Australia, only 150km from Papua New Guinea, has been bundled up in a recent deal for purchase by the Chinese in what has been dubbed ‘a bloodless coup’,(7) Cape York is a strategic, vulnerable, and I always thought, Indigenous-reserved, area. What’s next? Other strategic northern locations, the beaches of Broome or the deep-water port of Nhulunbuy, unless they’re gone under the hammer already? To make matters even more concerning, Papua New Guinea(8) is now borrowing from what we can only assume would be a Chinese loan shark who may require the land just a short boat ride from Cape York. Well, one does wonder if that has already happened too! That would lock down that area of the world for Chinese control, and when push comes to shove, we have inadvertently given China position to invade and take hold of our rich resources.

Far fetched? Come on people.,,,,China’s very presence just shouldn’t sit well with people. Earlier this year, the day before and during the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre (3rd June), a Chinese WARSHIP arrived unannounced into Sydney’s port, also suggested as just ‘routine’ or ‘reciprocal’.(9) Didn’t anyone else get uneasy about this? Was their resident presence meant to be an intimidatory warning to the Chinese population and/or visitors (students) who lived in Australia and Australia as a whole, for that matter, in an attempt to thwart protests/commemorations of the 30th anniversary? Were we on the cusp of war on Australian soil!!!??? Especially because it followed an incident where: “…a Chinese warship had confronted an Australian vessel in the South China Sea, with Australian helicopter pilots targeted with lasers.”(10) Oh, come on!! How the heck in God’s green earth is this coincidental!!! I am risking over-analysis to protect my country. I would rather be proved wrong here than right in this instance.

I encourage vehemently, the Australian government, with PM Morrison at the helm, not to be bend with any intimidation tactics like this one!

China is a ‘ruler nation’. That means that it is in their DNA to take control and get things done. In many ways, that is admirable, but ruler nations can tend to prey on the weak if left unchecked.

Of course, no one wants to go to nuclear war. But how does one handle an abusive out-of-control economic trading partner who is systemically and continuously preying on and/or abusing their partner?

Another avenue of Chinese influence is through the universities via our pockets once again particularly when we house china culture studies implemented by the Chinese state government appointed overseers.(11) These cultural classes, I would think, hold a one-sided view of the Chinese government.

Furthermore, Australia has also been literally wined and dined by the Chinese, but a word of warning as defined in this ancient proverb:

“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food.” (12)

Oh and I have been asked to sit down with a ‘ruler’ many times. Outside of my role at Rise Up Australia, I am a local Government Councillor, and I have been invited several times, all expenses paid, to attend Chinese global conferences/events with hotel accommodation and meals included for FREE!  I never took one trip. Someone once told me that the Chinese (under the Chinese government) never do anything without expecting a lot more in return. I always had this in the back of my mind, when I refused these trips.

Although I applaud the efforts of fellow Councillors to make thriving economic partnerships abroad in order to create more jobs in Casey, my reasons for voting against the Chinese economic partnership trips was not just about considering whether overseas trips was palatable to our community; My primary reason for dissenting to Council endorsed and funded trips was latent concern for China’s horrific human rights record, their historic military and economic prowess and the potential risk to our community fostered with any close association.

A side note but relevant one, is that there also loomed an imminent crisis where the delivery of one of Council’s prime service, recycling collection, was at risk because China had rejected Australian recycling waste, and the US/China trade war saw Australia penalised, in my opinion, for our cozy relationship with the US. I mean, come on, China was just nit-picking to blame us for contamination; And so my Council was all but caught up in the furore.

Cr Crestani addressing an Australian Citizenship Ceremony this year



In a previous article, I touched on some of Australia’s own human rights failures, and perhaps we shouldn’t point the finger too much before we look at ourselves, true….yet I cannot stay silent on these imminent dangers AND how I believe, Chinese government loyalists have also tried to silence me, albeit indirectly. Here goes my version of events: Back in March this year, 2019, A trip to China was up for a Council vote. I didn’t get to say a whole lot in the chamber on the night. The next day, a local paper journalist contacted me.  The link to the story is as follows:

I was quoted:

“Cr Rosalie Crestani expressed her concerns about Casey’s relationship with China.

“China’s retraction of waste recycling services effecting Casey and all councils and their residents, is only an early sign of a souring relationship; it’s my gut feeling that something smells rotten in the state of China,” she said.

“That said, I love the Chinese people. We have many Chinese migrants and they are lovely people with big hearts. They are welcome in Casey.”(13)


Cr Crestani addressing a crowd outside of Casey’s Civic Centre, ‘Bunjil Place’

However, after the news broke, I was pulled aside by someone(name withheld) who had been confronted by Chinese Australians (?residents/businessmen) who told them they were upset at what I had said “It’s Shakespeare!”(14), I said; and went on to tell them that it had layers of meaning.

The person asked me not to say anything else about China.

It has since dawned on me that I have been indirectly pressured by China government loyalists to avoid speaking out about the Chinese government! Wow, that is a strange development. Have the tentacles of Beijing, reached into Casey and our community?

For the record, you couldn’t buy me with an Aldi bag of 100,00 Australian plastics.(15) And I never did take up one of those Chinese conference invitations, all expenses paid and (but a subtle attempt to purchase one’s soul). No, Dastyari is not my middle name.(15) And I wonder, should poor Gladys be thrown in the same sentence as the aforementioned?


The fact that we, Rise Up Australia Party, preferenced Gladys Lui 2nd on our ‘How-to-Vote’ may or may not have contributed to her win. However, we backed Gladys because she mirrored some of Rise Up’s staunch conservative values and concerns around the LBGTI agenda and ‘so-called’ same sex marriage. We backed the Liberals nationwide to make a bold statement that we were getting behind a Christian Prime Minister, The Honourable Mr Scott Morrison.

We thank God for the ‘Gladys Liu’s’ of this world who have enriched our nation with more quality conservative values; And there are many more where Gladys came from. (17)

One in particular I know, Aunty Maggie (pictured at left), who often speaks about her migration to Australia, the freedom Australia has afforded her and the reason her grandfather left China originally, particularly in relation to restraints on religion.  She makes a beeline for me every time I see her and embraces me in a hug and says with a thick Asian accent, “Hey Rosie, how you?”(often without the ‘are’). Aunty Maggie is rare: she has a selfless heart of gold, remembers everyone’s birthday and volunteers even when she is unwell.


Okay, okay….in summary and back to the Chinese government; I realise that there must always be a pathway of diplomacy and partnership with everyone, including China, within boundaries. What I am simply asking is: exactly what does that look like for Australia? And what is required of Australia? In a sentence or two, I propose:

»It is in the areas of trade, land and infrastructure ownership as well as the sovereignty and security of our borders which should require our utmost vigilance when it comes to the current foreign state of China. And Australia should always have the Freedom of Speech to defend these.

»All levels of Australian government need to prioritise our local economy, particularly in farming, agriculture, manufacturing and retail. BUY AUSTRALIAN should be first in all policy and education

»The responsibility is shared: All Australian citizens and residents should be encouraged to buy locally, supporting local businesses and jobs; and businesses, in turn, aim to create a more competitive local market.

Let’s all stop being treated like warmed up lobsters who are slowly cooked from cold to warm, then hot boiling water, then are not aware of the danger until it is too late.

I want to finish with a happy memory of an old TV ad that went something like, ‘Buy Australian for Australia, because the buck stops here.’  For me as a kid, I never fully understood it, but I knew it was a good thing. It basically means let’s buy locally to secure our jobs and the future of this country. If we buy and sell with primarily foreigners, then our economy is effectively reliant on, and vulnerable to, foreign influence. When that foreign influence just so happens to be a world power and communist country, then I have one thing to say to our Australian government and every Fellow Australian:


God help us…before it is too late!

Credit References




  1. “Under the system that the coal miners worked, no cash was paid out; instead, they received credit vouchers which were only good for use at the company store.”
  2. Proverbs 22:7 The Holy Bible
  3. Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, requiring a debt paid with  a ‘pound of flesh’ to claim one’s actual heart cut out.

  5. Reference to quote from the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”


Posted on September 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

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