Australian Senator Dastyari Resigns after Damaging Audio Leaked

Australian Senator Sam Dastyari Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Australian Senator Sam Dastyari Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Australian Senator Sam Dastyari has pledged to resign after his China revelations kept on damaging his political career.

He was stripped off his position as deputy whip last month after his recordings revealed his China connections.

Sam was regarded as one of the rising Labor stars to party leadership until the politically damaging recordings revealed to ruin his political career.

Mr. Sam has been accused of several scandals over the last few months. He was caught ensnared in a donation scandal in the last year.

Australian political scenario has been filled with swelling concern about Chinese influence in the internal politics of the country.

Interference in the internal Australian politics is something China has been strongly denying and accusing Australian politicians of creating anti-Chinese mania in Australia.

Senator Sam, however, rejected the claims that he ever misused his ‘parliamentarian oath’.

He said on Tuesday, “I have been guided by my Labor values, which tell me that I should leave if my ongoing presence detracts from the pursuit of Labor’s mission.”

BBC quoted him saying, “It is evident to me we are at that point, so I will spare the party any further distraction.”

He already resigned twice over his dealings with Huang Xiangmo, a multibillionaire Chinese businessman. According to BBC, he quit from his frontbench role position after he allowed “Chinese companies to pay for travel and legal expenses.”

Mr. Dastyari resigned from his role as deputy whip for the Labor Party last month after his “Chinese audio” leaked.

In the leaked audio, Senator Sam Dastyari was heard to remark on the South China Sea in defense of Beijing in the last year.

Senator Sam Dastyari, in response to the reporters’ question about the alleged tape, said it was a spur-of-the-moment mumbled response to a question.

In the leaked audio, Mr. Sam Dastyari is heard to remark that Australia shouldn’t get involved in “several thousand years of history.”

Meanwhile, the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced to crack down on external influence on the Australian politics.

He refused to single out China although he revealed his concern about the “disturbing reports about Chinese influence.”

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