Is Angus Houston too close to China?

My interview about this article with Alan Jones on ADH TV on 14 September 2022 can be accessed here the interview begins at 28:40 on the programme. And a follow-up by Alan in the opening of his show the next night is here).

On Wednesday 3 August the Albanese government announced that a review of the Australian Defence Force would be conducted jointly by former Labor Defence Minister Stephen Smith and retired ADF chief Sir Angus Houston, and throughout the days that followed, questions were raised over the suitability of Smith given that, during his time as Defence Minister, he had overseen a reduction in the Defence budget. Equally if not more problematic, however, is the appointment of Houston, who, as recently as October 2020, insisted that China is a friend of Australia and that it was wrong of Australia to act or think otherwise.  

Continued on The Spectator Australiahere.