Dec 19, 2017

Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

Chinese influence in Australia and elsewhere is being exert via "sharp power", and you wont have to look far to find those who are happy to play a part.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

There is some irony that the demise of Sam Dastyari, the first Australian political victim of what is now is being called “sharp power” for his connections to China, occurred during the tussle for the seat of Bennelong, once the stronghold of Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.

Dastyari of course is just the latest in a conga line of Australian politicians who have happily been duchessed by wealthy Chinese businessmen, Chinese companies and the Chinese government, done deals with Chinese companies or been on boards of Australian companies that do.

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5 thoughts on “Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

  1. Marilyn J Shepherd




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    conveyance or transfer of property or a title by will or lease.


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    Sam did not die, he quit a job.

  2. Chips Mackinolty

    Surely not so much a “conga line” but a “lion dance” of Australian politicians?

  3. klewso

    They may not have invented hypocrisy – but by doG, haven’t the Limited News Party taken it to heart for a core value?

    And remember the $250,000 worth of watches given to Abbott, Robert and their wives, and Macfarlane (from a plastic bag? To “escape duty”?) for “a foot in the door” by a “Mr Li” (or was it “Mr Ree”?)?
    “Given back” after Macfarlane was sprung wearing his “fake” by Ian Goodenough – when “Mr Li” went unreferred to Customs?

  4. zut alors

    Ye gods, truth is stranger than fiction: the author claims John Howard is paid – paid! – for speaking engagements. It’s hard to fathom what type of audience he could attract apart from a Liberal Party seniors’ gaggle.

  5. James O'Neill

    To call the NED a “think tank” is not accurate. It is in fact one of the US’s major vehicles for regime change and funding groups that stir up trouble in countries that are targets of US foreign policy disruption.

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