CPAC Australia will keep the location secret amid fears of interference


Organizers of the Australian Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are keeping quiet about the venue of the upcoming event to protect venue managers from pressure.

In an August 27 email newsletter, CPAC Australia director Andrew Cooper said a venue partner had been found, but warned that the “left-wing cancel culture crowd” wanted prevent the event from taking place.

“They will do anything to shut us down, including harassing and threatening any place willing to welcome us,” he wrote in the newsletter.

“We will therefore protect the venue from irrational crowds by only releasing the specific location closer to the date. Thanks for understanding.”

Cooper added that the event would be the “biggest and best” CPAC Australia to date.

The Australian edition of CPAC first took place in 2019 – headlined by former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage – then a scaled down version took place in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions.

The 2022 event will feature former Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, author and eco-modernist Michael Schellenberger, former White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and will be moderated by Indigenous leader Warren Mundine. .

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The event came under intense scrutiny and pressure from local media and centre-left Labor Party politicians.

Ahead of the inaugural event in 2019, Kristina Keneally, then Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Senate, called for the cancellation of the visa of British activist – and CPAC chairman – Raheem Kassam, saying he had a ” long history of defamation”. people.”

While his party colleague, Senator Penny Wong, who is now Australia’s foreign minister, claimed CPAC was not a conference that discussed innocuous ideas.

“It’s been a breeding ground for extremists in the United States. We don’t need to import its anti-Semitism, white supremacy and bigotry to Australia,” she wrote. on Twitter.

In addition, the Ministry of the Attorney General, at the request of then Attorney General Mark Dreyfus, has launched an investigation into whether CPAC Chairman, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, should enroll in the program. transparency of foreign influence.

The program was originally introduced to deal with continued political interference from Beijing and came in response to the exit and resignation of Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who had developed a close relationship with Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.

Cooper himself was asked to sign up for the program because his nonprofit group, LibertyWorks, was a co-host of CPAC with the American Conservative Union. This was later canceled.

CPAC Australia will be held in Sydney from October 1-2: https://www.cpac.network/register2022

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Daniel Y. Teng is based in Sydney. It focuses on national affairs, including federal politics, the response to COVID-19 and Australia-China relations. Do you have any advice? Contact him at [email protected]

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