Sam Dastyari

Dodgy Labor ratbag Daystari quits amid a donations scandal

What is it with the Labor party in Australia and their dodgy ratbag MPs taking a bung all the time?

Embattled Labor senator Sam Dastyari has fallen on his sword, resigning from his frontbench roles as the donation scandal that engulfed him over the past week reached a crescendo.

The 33-year-old NSW senator quit as manager of opposition business in the Senate and shadow spokesman for consumer affairs, hours after Fairfax Media revealed he may have broken Labor Party rules on political donations by allowing Chinese donors to make payments on his behalf for travel and legal bills.

His resignation comes just 24 hours after the senator held an ‘ask me anything’ press conference, where he said that while he’d been “admonished” by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, he had not been asked to resign or offered his resignation.

The furore was first triggered last week after Fairfax Media revealed Senator Dastyari had a business with links to the Chinese governmentpay a personal bill. It escalated when it emerged he appeared to take a pro-China line that contradicted Labor policy on the South China Sea and came to a head with new questions on Wednesday.   Read more »

Corruption scandal won’t go away for Labor

The corruption and fraud trial of Craig Thomson is over and he is staring down the barrel of five years in prison.

Labor may think the problem is going away but it won’t…there is just so much dirt yet to come out.

Anyone who thinks that the conviction of Craig Thomson for fraud brings this scandal to a conclusion, pending sentencing, does not appreciate the magnitude of the deception involved. The five years of silence, suppression and delay around this scandal embroiled former prime minister Julia Gillard, the leader of the Greens, Christine Milne, the Fair Work Australia agency and numerous present or former federal Labor MPs.

Long after Thomson’s conduct was exposed by the Herald, the Labor Party began secretly paying his legal bills, helped fund his defamation action against the Herald, re-endorsed him for the seat of Dobell, deployed large resources to that campaign and suppressed revelations in the Senate. After his re-election in 2010 saved the Gillard government, the prime minister recorded her gratitude in Parliament on August 16, 2011: ”I have complete confidence in the member for Dobell. I look forward to him continuing to do that job for a very long, long, long time to come.”

The prime minister’s droll cynicism fed into a pattern of delay, dissembling, secrecy and suppression.  Read more »

Liberals attack…hard

This is the Liberals latest attack ad…

I love negative campaigning…that video will hurt because it is true.

DEPUTY Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Foreign Minister Bob Carr, outgoing Labor Party boss Sam Dastyari have been linked to corrupt former MPs Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald in a new series of Liberal Party attack TV ads due to be rolled out across NSW tonight.  Read more »

Obeid starts naming names, including Rudd’s man

Dodgy and corrupt ALP ratbag Eddie Obeid is starting to name names in a bid to take others down with him.

“I am ashamed of some of my colleagues in the Labor Party who become like a lynching mob just to protect themselves.

“There is nothing in this, there is nothing in this inquiry that puts, that finds a smoking gun against anyone.”

Mr Robertson said yesterday the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions should throw the book at Mr Obeid and Mr Macdonald.

Mr Obeid said today Mr Robertson was “irrelevant”.

“He will get his day later, him and Sam Dastyari,” he said.  Read more »

Rotten to the core

Th Brisbane Times has a couple of interesting articles.

NSW Labor is rotten to the core, Kevin Rudd  is not even sure there is a straight politician left.

As pressure grows on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to clean up the scandal-ridden NSW Labor Party, party boss Sam Dastyari may be headed for a seat in the Senate.

While Mr Dastyari is recognised as a reformer, there are question marks over the credentials of his likely successors.

Former NSW premier Nathan Rees believes that if Mr Dastyari goes, the Prime Minister would need to order full-scale intervention in the state party, which has been disgraced by years of revelations about corruption among MPs and union officials.    Read more »

Even Labor doesn’t like dodgy Labor ratbags

Things are getting tough for the dodgy Labor ratbags in NSW, even their own party is over them:

Former Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald are set to be expelled from the party within days after a call by NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson following evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Mr Robertson wrote to NSW Labor Party general secretary Sam Dastyari on Wednesday.

”I write to request that you expel Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald from the Labor Party immediately on the basis that they have brought the party into disrepute,” he wrote.

”Brought the party into disrepute”: Ian Macdonald.

”These are extraordinary circumstances and I request you take action as soon as practicable.”

Will he work for Labour too, or will Trevor spearhead their social media strategy again?

Labor has called for some heavy hitters to help them in the Federal Election this year. He is a big wig campaigning expert who has worked for Obama.

Labour here has previously used Obama resources like Blue State Digital, who ironically the other day were impressing the young impressionable idiots of Young Nats without them realising that BSD has previously worked for Labour.

Where Labor goes, Labour follows…so I wonder if Patrick Batchelor will pop over here for some campaign advice, or whether labour thinks Trevor has them covered again like last time?

The Australian ”whiz kid” who helped run Barack Obama’s grassroots re-election campaign, Patrick Batchelor, is bringing his expertise to Sydney for the federal election.

Taking a leaf from the Obama re-election playbook, Labor has established a 40-seat call centre at its new campaign headquarters in Parramatta, modelled on those used by the Democrats during last year’s presidential race.  Read more »

Thieving ALP ratbags all having a sook

Thieving ALP ratbag Craig Thomson is having a big sook about being treated like every other charged criminal. Not for these union and ALP ratbags it seems…they want to be treated special:

More and more information is coming out about Thomson, the man who props up Julia Gillard’s government.  Read more »

Great Sledge

The Daily Telegraph

Why don’t we have sledges like this in New Zealand politics? This is ALP hit man Sam Dastyari talking about Greens:

“Because I believe they are an extremist party and I do believe they have some very loony policies and what I think they are very effective at is portraying themselves as a kind of peace, love and mung beans party, that all cares about wombats and the trees and the grass and the environment, without exposing themselves to any critique of some of their very wacky policies.

Loony, extreme or just a little left-wing?

Sydney Morning Herald

The Greens here in NZ certainly appear on the surface at the moment to be benign…but in Australia internecine war has opened up amongst the left wing with Labor attacking:

When the NSW Labor Party machine flips the switch to “exterminate”, things never turn out pretty. In recent days, NSW Labor secretary Sam Dastyari has been saying the Greens policies are “bordering on loony” while AWU boss Paul Howes likened the party to “extremists who threaten our democracy”.

It seems the Greens are dangerous – although not so dangerous that Labor couldn’t enter into an agreement with them to secure minority government following the 2010 election.