Federal

Dec 15, 2017

Rundle: Chinese influence is hardly the biggest threat to our democracy

Foreign capital is not the problem; the structure of our politics is, a semi-democratic system at best, cloaked by a detached parliamentary system.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

All of them, as well as my good self, spent every waking moment of those days trying to think of a way of saving Sam.

Thus speaketh Richo in the Oz, on the occasion of Dasher's demise -- a reminder, once again, that you don't always want the Sage of the Inn of Celestial Happiness BYO coming to your public defence. Richo reels off a list of the New South Wales Labor Right great and good rushing to Sam's side during these fraught days, reminding us afresh the degree to which Dastyari was a beneficiary of the very process he denounced years ago: the control of the ALP by tight cabals, often family-interconnected. In Dastyari's corner, Richardson reminds us, was "Peter Barron" his father-in-law and a player in the Wran and Hawke governments.

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