NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane staffer John Zhang raided in foreign interference probe
National security officials have raided the home and business of a staff member to NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane, who is being questioned by federal agents this afternoon over an ongoing investigation into foreign interference.
The home of John Zhang, a part-time staffer to Mr Moselmane, was raided by federal police and officers attached to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation this morning. Mr Zhang’s business in Sydney was also the subject of a search warrant.
Mr Moselmane is currently being interviewed by federal officials in a conference room at NSW Parliament, located metres away from his office, which is also being searched.
The Australian understands the investigation is centred on the activities of Mr Zhang, though Mr Moselmane remains a person of interest to officials.
Both the AFP and ASIO have confirmed the raids form part of an “ongoing investigation”, which is believed to be probing allegations of foreign interference by the Chinese government.
Mr Moselmane, whose controversial commentary on China has prompted rebukes from colleagues in the past, was suspended from the NSW Labor Party this morning as news of the investigation became public.