Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links
Australian opposition Senator Sam Dastyari has resigned from parliament, after weeks of controversy over his links and interactions with Chinese donors.
“Today, after much reflection, I’ve decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor party is to not return to the Senate in 2018,” he told the media.
After being at the centre of several claims in recent days, Dastyari rejected ever abusing his “parliamentary oath”.
He said he was quitting so the party could focus on the next election.
Dastyari has stepped down twice earlier from leadership positions over his dealings with Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.