A recently opened Chinese consulate in the South Australian suburb of Jilson is now the focus of an Australia First Party campaign to have it closed down.

AFP’s state and national parties will begin targeting the consulate, which sits on an estimated 5,800 sq m of land in the otherwise leafy burb.

Neighbours first raised red flags about its construction, (which has so far passed either with council permission, without it, by a bribe, or through the councillors’ sheer indifference), when work began.

With the communist country’s characteristic intrusiveness, rogue Chinese workers discarded materials and rubbish on public land, blocked driveways, knocked over fences without informing homeowners, severed the NBN cables (some believe deliberately so), warned residents away, and blocked driveways. The noise of Chinese labourers rudely using jackhammers on Sunday mornings was unacceptable, and it’s unclear whether or not the sheer size of the building underwent planning approval in the first place.

Ever since it began its secret operations behind the 3m high fence, neighbours have complained about searchlights, and spy cameras being used to pry into their homes. One local says the unwelcome compound has destroyed the character of the upmarket neighbourhood.

Not only are the cameras and searchlights a worry, but there are strange satellite dishes perched on the roof. Moreover, it’s questionable why the consulate is needed in the first place.

The number of Chinese students plummeted since the China flu in 2020, and there aren’t community numbers to justify its existence. This hasn’t stopped a steady stream of Chinese nationals from travelling into the suburb and taking up valuable parking (for visas they should be able to apply by mail for). Moreover, the only other two countries that host consulates in the city of churches are Greece, which is staffed by two, while Italy’s has only one employee.

The consulate’s proximity to the Osborne Naval Shipyards, north of Adelaide’s CBD, provides the most likely answer. Currently, the Shipyards are busy building nine Anti-Submarine Hunter Class frigates. In 2023, they begin work on a $50 m project to build 12 Attack Class submarines. Given that many locals will be engaged in work on sensitive projects, local MPs have sounded concerns about those individuals becoming vulnerable to espionage.

The very timing of the consulate is a matter of itself since construction started shortly after it was announced that the project would begin work in South Australia, so it seems as if the Chinese have rushed to create a spy centre capable of monitoring the works. The question that must be asked is how the council has allowed this to happen?

We must be stark about the reality we are confronting visa-a-vis China. It’s not comfortable. Nationalists have our concerns about the effect of the Chinese diaspora on the Australian way of life, naturally, but this event only emphasises what a crime it was tampering with our national policy.

The White Australia Policy was intended to keep the threats of China at bay. Those dangers were not only to workers’ livelihoods, as Chinese crime gangs sent in swarms of workers to exploit the goldfields, but what would become of our national character and culture if that door were opened. It has since been unlocked to the whole colour chart of ethnicities, and each of those has wrought existential harm upon us.

However, with China’s rise, we not only face the crisis of what corrupt Chinese infiltration into our nation has caused to our way of life, but we are in a cold war with an obstreperous China that means to have what is ours even if it means burglary.

Last year, a lab in Wuhan, China released a virus that has brought about calamity in the West. Was its issue intentional, or an accident? Either way, the result has been propitious for the tyrannical ambitions of Xi Jinping, China’s despotic leader.

While in terms of human life, Australia has gotten off lightly, economically, the response taken by the Australian government has been disastrous, and the negative effects will be inter-generational.

Right now, we are under constant cyber-attack from China, their spying vessels are loitering off our west coast, while they effectively own the port of Darwin. Added to that is the trade war, a sure sign of what betrayal we’ve suffered at the self-interested hands of corrupt politicians and the dirty spivs they dine with. It would require the greatest trial in Australia’s history to punish those responsible for putting us into this grave position, and many would be convicted posthumously.

Australians have a contemptible habit of sitting by and hoping that somebody else will come along and solve their problems. But that won’t happen. Those days are over. This is just the start.

Jilson may as well be right next-door as far as any Australian is concerned, no matter whether they’re in the Kimberleys, Townsville, or NSW’s Blue Mountains. And this issue, which has been seized upon as a protest vehicle for the Uighur community and Hong Kong dissidents, is not a cause for alliances to be formed with aliens. We are not here to take on the burden of others, be it Taiwan or Hong Kong. It’s our future, our present, and our way of life that’s under threat. This is an Australian problem, not merely a matter of nuisance for those residents of Jilson.

Australia First Party will become active in the coming months. Watch this space.