Air get­ting too Dasty for Shorten

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters - John Ge­orge, Ter­ri­gal

There is a strong smell around La­bor’s Sam Dast­yari, that gets more po­tent by the day (“Pek­ing Schmuck”, 7/12).

Sen­a­tor Dast­yari’s flir­ta­tion with the Chi­nese looks to be just a lit­tle more than what we imag­ined early on. And it’s dif­fi­cult to ac­cept he has been act­ing alone in his dal­liances. If Bill Shorten didn’t know the length and breadth of Sen­a­tor Dast­yari’s in­volve­ment, he should have. That’s his job as La­bor leader.

We must also ask why it has taken so long for Sen Dast­yari’s re­la­tion­ship with and ap­par­ent deep in­ter­est in the Chi­nese to sur­face. Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern are his ques­tions of De­fence, es­pe­cially when he has no of­fi­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in this area. Both Mr Shorten and Sen­a­tor Dast­yari should be held to ac­count on this mat­ter.

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