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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