‘From the Honest History vault: Dr Chau Chak Wing, ASIO person of interest and Australian War Memorial Fellow and donor’, Honest History, 15 February 2022
In Senate Estimates yesterday, Senator Kitching (ALP, Vic) mentioned Dr Chau Chak Wing, who may or may not have been ASIO head Mike Burgess’s ‘puppeteer’ of recent alleged attempts to manipulate Australian elections. (Mr Burgess was sayin’ nuffin to the Senator.) Among his philanthropic activities, Dr Chau has been a donor to the Australian War Memorial ($560 000 in the years 2015-18) and is one of the very exclusive group of Fellows of the Memorial.
Dr Chau at the Memorial, September 2015 (AWM Annual Report 2015-16)
Dr Chau was something of a special subject of Honest History for a few years and we provide links to our round-ups of material on him: here, here and here. ASIO mentioned him in 2015 as a person of interest and Andrew Hastie MP gave him another run in 2018.
Dr Chau is known as Zhou Zerong in the dialect of North China. His doctorate is an honorary one from Keuka College in upstate New Yor. He has been of interest to Australian media since at least 2009.
We hasten to add that Dr Chau is an Australian citizen and has not been found guilty of any crime. He has denied he is the puppeteer.
Dr Chau gets his Australian War Memorial Fellowship, September 2015 (AWM Annual Report 2015-16)
*David Stephens is editor of the Honest History website.
15 February 2022