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Silent Invasion : China's influence in Australia - Clive Hamilton

Silent Invasion

China's influence in Australia


Published: 26th February 2018
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In 2008 Clive Hamilton was at Parliament House in Canberra when the Beijing Olympic torch relay passed through. He watched in bewilderment as a small pro-Tibet protest was overrun by thousands of angry Chinese students. Where did they come from? Why were they so aggressive? And what gave them the right to shut down others exercising their democratic right to protest? The authorities did nothing about it, and what he saw stayed with him.

In 2016 it was revealed that wealthy Chinese businessmen linked to the Chinese Communist Party had become the largest donors to both major political parties. Hamilton realised something big was happening, and decided to investigate the Chinese government’s influence in Australia. What he found shocked him.

From politics to culture, real estate to agriculture, universities to unions, and even in our primary schools, he uncovered compelling evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australia. Sophisticated influence operations target Australia’s elites, and parts of the large Chinese-Australian diaspora have been mobilised to buy access to politicians, limit academic freedom, intimidate critics, collect information for Chinese intelligence agencies, and protest in the streets against Australian government policy. It’s no exaggeration to say the Chinese Communist Party and Australian democracy are on a collision course. The CCP is determined to win, while Australia looks the other way.

Thoroughly researched and powerfully argued, Silent Invasion is a sobering examination of the mounting threats to democratic freedoms Australians have for too long taken for granted. Yes, China is important to our economic prosperity; but, Hamilton asks, how much is our sovereignty as a nation worth?

About the Author

Clive Hamilton AM is an Australian author and public intellectual. His books include Growth Fetish, Silencing Dissent (with Sarah Maddison) and What Do We Want: The Story of Protest in Australia. He was for 14 years the executive director of The Australia Institute, a think tank he founded. For some years he has been professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.


A really frightening book !!!


I was really angry and depressed to learn of the pervasive infiltration by the Chinese Communist Party into so many areas of Australian life. The amount of detail is incredible, and all of Hamilton's references are confirmed in the 58 pages of Notes. The rejection by an Australian publisher due to concerns about retribution from China is worrying. This book should be required reading by every politician, including many ex-pollies.

Townsville, Nth Qld

Essential reading to understand what is happening to us.


Describes the long term strategies being used by the CCP across the world and specifically in Australia. Buying this book supports the publisher who chose to resist CCP efforts to silence the author. It will help to expose the CCP's manipulation of Australia's governance, security and long term future.

Adelaide, South Australia

Brave effort on a controversial subject


A highly controversial subject that shows the writer, Clive Hamilton, not only completed a large amount of research but showed incredible courage to tackle.

Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia

Silent Invasion - China's influence in Australia


A really important book.

Melbourne, Australia

A Stunning Expose


This book is a 'must-read' for every patriotic Australian. The total interference in our lives and the future of our country by China is frightening. How so many influential people, politicians and business people alike, have basically 'sold out' their country is a national disgrace. The details disclosed in this amazing book make me very angry.


Time to take notice!


The research that lies behind these revelations is to be applauded. How else would we know. A timely reminder of our vulnerability.

WA 6743


4.7 6


Anyone keen to understand how China draws other countries into its sphere of influence should start with Silent Invasion. This is an important book for the future of Australia. But tug on the threads of China’s influence networks in Australia and its global network of influence operations starts to unravel.Professor John Fitzgerald, author of Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia

ISBN: 9781743794807
ISBN-10: 1743794800
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 26th February 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 17.99
Edition Number: 1