Dec 15, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Dastyari’s ideas for post-Senate life include growing cacti, wrestling celebrities

The ex-senator has spoken of his desire to remain involved in grassroots politics, but also might just hand out signed autographs of his face.

If Sam Dastyari is feeling down about his future, he’s not showing it. The former senator is all smiles as he welcomes me into his home, urging me to grab a promotional CPC stubby holder from an enormous pile by the front door. He brings me into his opulent living room, tastefully appointed with modern Scandinavian furniture, ferns, and several floor-to-ceiling posters of his own face.

“Am I depressed about leaving the Senate?” Dastyari asks, before I have a chance to speak. “Hell no! In a way, it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” I ask him, tentatively, in what way that is. “It’s going to free up a lot of time for me to pursue my passions.”

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