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AustraliaDumped Labor MP Sam Dastyari opens up on his regrets over his 'arrogant' and 'foolish' dealings with China that ended his career

23:00  16 september  2019
23:00  16 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Dumped Labor MP Sam Dastyari spoke candidly on Q&A on Monday night when his dealings with China came under fire by other panellists.

The former senator admitted he was 'foolish' and 'arrogant' when he dealt with Chinese agents in a move that ended his political career in 2017.

He became the centre of discussion when an audience member asked why AFP raids on journalists for 'homeland security' hadn't yet been directed at MPs allegedly accepting Chinese donations.

Dumped Labor MP Sam Dastyari opens up on his regrets over his 'arrogant' and 'foolish' dealings with China that ended his career© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dumped Labor MP Sam Dastyari spoke candidly on Q&A on Monday night when his dealings with China came under fire by other panellists

'I take full responsibility. I was young. Arrogant. Foolish. And thought I was smarter than anyone else,' Dastyari said.

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Labor senator Sam Dastyari has said he will not return to the Senate next year, amid questions over his links to China . Key points: Sam Dastyari has been under sustained pressure from Government and within Labor to resign. Allegations of links to Chinese Government have piled up over the last year.

Dumped Labor MP Sam Dastyari opens up on his regrets over his 'arrogant' and 'foolish' dealings with China that ended his career
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'I've got to this point in my life two years after a momentous scandal - journalists parked in front of your house for weeks, your marriage falls apart, entire life collapsing in front of you - by being able to accept that I am responsible for my own downfall.'

But when the 36-year-old compared his exit from parliament to the current situation facing Liberal MP Gladys Liu, other panellists quickly shot him down.

'You advised them [Chinese spies] how to avoid detection,' Liberal MP James Patterson said.

United States China expert John Lee added: 'I do think that you're trying to absolve yourself by equating yourself with Gladys Lui.

'Look at the differences. What's received personally and to the party. What was given in return.'

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A NSW Labor MP , who is linked to pro- China community organisations, hired a staffer who completed a propaganda training course in Beijing run by the The former senator admitted he was ' foolish ' and ' arrogant ' when he dealt with Chinese agents in a move that ended his political career in 2017.

Dastyari formally submitted his resignation from the Senate on 25 January 2018.[8]. Post his political career , in 2019 Dastyari appeared before the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption public inquiry into " Sam Dastyari quits as Labor senator over China connections".

Dastyari hit back: 'I'm getting a lecture from someone who works for the US Study Centre, which is registered as a foreign agent in this country,' adding that he didn't appear on the program to 'play this game of kick Sam'.

Dumped Labor MP Sam Dastyari opens up on his regrets over his 'arrogant' and 'foolish' dealings with China that ended his career© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The former senator (far left) admitted he was 'foolish' and 'arrogant' when he dealt with Chinese agents in a move that ended his political career in 2017

Dastyari called for reform with emphasis on private fundraising and donations.

'The entire culture of donations and fundraising I think has become completely corrupted,' he said.

'The system is broken, I am a symbol of the system being broken.'

Ms Lui, a first-term Victorian MP, is under fire over undeclared donations and links to the Chinese Communist Party.


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