Dastyari re­calls dark­ness af­ter po­lit­i­cal res­ig­na­tion

The Observer - - NATION -

FOR­MER La­bor sen­a­tor Sam Dastyari con­tem­plated sui­cide and did not leave his bed­room for six days af­ter quit­ting fed­eral Par­lia­ment in dis­grace.

The fallen NSW La­bor star (pic­tured) says af­ter ini­tially feel­ing re­lief when he re­signed in De­cem­ber over a scan­dal in­volv­ing his links to Chi­nese busi­ness fig­ures, he ex­pe­ri­enced a pe­riod of de­pres­sion.

“I spent six days where I didn’t leave my bed­room,” he told News Corp in an in­ter­view pub­lished yes­ter­day.

“There were cer­tainly nights where your logic goes so out the door, that you sud­denly start think­ing things like: Well, the peo­ple who love me would be bet­ter off if I wasn’t here any­more.”

Mr Dastyari par­tied hard af­ter be­ing pre­scribed an­tide- pres­sants, hit­ting the booze un­til reach­ing a break­ing point.

“It was 3am, I’m at the casino – be­cause it’s Syd­ney and ev­ery­thing else is closed – and I’m drink­ing heav­ily for like the third or fourth night in a row and I go: Some­thing’s gotta change.”

The for­mer sen­a­tor ate noth­ing and drank only wa­ter for 15 days af­ter­wards. He has since reached a stage of ac­cep­tance but has not for­given him­self for the mis­takes that led to his down­fall.

“I’m not there,” he said. Life­line: 13 11 14.

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