Disaster For Dastyari

Disaster For Dastyari

By Erin Archer

 

Picture Gary Ramage

 

Labor MP Sam Dastyari has found himself in hot water yet again, over his involvement with a Chinese political donor, and defiance of party policy on the South China Sea.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has dumped Senator Dastyari from his position as assistant Senate whip, as well as his role as a Senate committee chair, due to the recent revelations.

 

 

 

Unheard Recording


A previously unheard recording emerged of Mr Dastyari, defending China’s South China Sea policy, which contradicted official ALP Policy.

The recording indicated that his remarks to Chinese media, were stronger than he previously had portrayed.

In a statement released on Thursday, he didn’t deny his comments were in breach of Labor party policy, however said the recording “shocked” him, as it did not match his “recollection of events.”


 

There’s been calls from the government today for Mr Dastyari to be sacked from the Australian parliament all together, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying he had been “utterly compromised” and should no long serve.

However Mr Shorten, while admitting he had lost faith in the senator and described him as having very poor judgement, said he was confident Mr Dastyari hadn’t broken any law and was not a security risk.

Mr Shorten did make it clear that the prospects of the senator returning to senior positions again were poor, and it will be a long journey to rebuild trust.

“I am deeply disappointed with him,” Mr Shorten said.

“He will know that his colleagues are deeply, deeply frustrated with his very poor judgement.”

 

Meanwhile senior Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen defended his colleague and said he was a loyal patriotic Australian, but will paying the price for his mistakes for some time.

 

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