Bill Shorten has asked Sam Dastyari to resign over his links to Chinese donors. Again.
He will remain a Senator for NSW.
The resignation comes following fresh revelations of his connections to a Chinese businessman living in Australia, who is actively involved with the Chinese Communist Party.
In December last year Dastyari was busted for having several legal and travel bills paid for by Huang Xiangmo. During the 2016 election, Dastyari spoke at a press conference when he made comments on the South Chinese Sea Dispute that were contrary to Labor Party policy.
These comments are connected to a $400,000 donation Mr Huang made to Labor shortly after.
Dastyari said these comments on the dispute were ‘garbled and off the cuff’. In the last 24 hours, the ABC released audio of that press conference for Chinese language media that made it clear that the remarks were scripted
In addition to this, it’s reported that Sam told Mr Huang that his phone may have been tapped by American and Australian Authorities.
Yesterday’s revelations appear to be the final straw.