Kevin Rudd

In the wake of Sam Dastyari's resignation from the frontbench, now we have a new and welcome standard in political donations in Australia. But what that standard is, exactly, isn't clear -- because Dastyari didn't do anything that wasn't perfectly legal.

The Coalition and some in the media (where there is gloating about their role in his resignation, even though the mainstream media relies on political donations, channelled into political advertising spending, to prop up their businesses) insist that it's somehow different that Dastyari had a bill paid by a donor. That appears to assume that money given for one purpose somehow magically can't be used for a different purpose -- cash is funny like that.