Albanese urges probe into Chinese links

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The federal government should investigate allegations made against two Liberal MPs about their involvement with a Melbourne-based Chinese businessman being assessed as a national security risk, Labor says.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the government should take seriously allegations that businessman Huifeng "Haha" Liu has links with Gladys Liu and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar.

Mr Liu is reportedly facing deportation after being assessed by ASIO as a national security risk and being investigated by the Australian Federal Police.

He is contesting the deportation order, telling the ABC he believed ASIO assessed him as a security risk because he was president of an Australian-Chinese neighbourhood watch organisation that had an agreement to take instructions from the Chinese consulate in Melbourne.

Asked how Prime Minister Scott Morrison should respond to the revelations about Mr Liu's links to MPs, Mr Albanese said: "By taking them seriously, which is what they haven't done up to now."

Mr Albanese described Mr Sukkar as a "rolling problem for the government" who got a run in various forms of scandal like branch stacking and fundraising.

"Scott Morrison has done nothing about it - absolutely nothing and he remains as the assistant treasurer and these allegations should be investigated properly," he told reporters on Monday.