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.  

The emotional senator, who took no questions, said he had spoken to Mr Shorten – who had vigorously defended the “junior” senator for days – and offered his resignation from the frontbench.

“From the beginning, I freely admitted that I made a mistake. I made all the necessary disclosures and what I did was within the rules but it was wrong,” he said.

“In the past week, it’s clear that the ongoing examination of my behaviour is taking attention away from bigger issues facing Australia and Australians. Yesterday, I called a press conference and answered questions. Today, I have reflected on that and decided that wasn’t enough. It’s clear to me now that this has become a distraction.

“I made a mistake and I’m paying the price. For that mistake…I will continue to serve with pride as a senator for New South Wales and I look forward to serving a Labor Party government in the near future in whatever capacity I can.”

What price? Like all ratbag socialists, he has only resigned from a job that carried no additionals alary. He hasn’t resigned from parliament so he actually hasn’t lost anything.

In a statement Mr Shorten said his senator had “made a mistake and now he’s paying a heavy price”, while also hinting at a potential comeback.

“Sam is a young bloke with a bright future ahead of him. He has a lot to offer Labor and Australia,” Mr Shorten said.

He isn’t paying any price. Watch Shorten reinstate him next year with pithy statements about learning his lesson and spending some time on the bench.

 

– SMH


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