House debates

Monday, 4 December 2017

Questions without Notice

Donations to Political Parties

2:25 pm

Photo of Malcolm TurnbullMalcolm Turnbull (Wentworth, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

Oh, they wave their hands. That's the character of the Labor Party. Senator Dastyari took the money for himself. His own personal debts were paid off. Because he was a Labor senator, he felt it was his right to go to this businessman and say, 'Pay off my debts.' And, when asked why he did it, he said, 'I didn't want to pay the debt.' He didn't want to pay the debt. He preferred to use his influence to sell out his party, and sell out his country, to get his debts paid off. And then, after briefings to parliamentary leadership, after briefings to the political leadership of the Labor Party, Senator Dastyari comes to the view that his patron, Mr Huang, might be under surveillance from ASIO. Off he goes to Mr Huang's house and he tells him to take care and to have a conversation in the garden with the phones put safely inside. That's not the conduct of a loyal Australian. (Time expired)

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Tibor Majlath
Posted on 5 Dec 2017 5:18 pm (Report this comment)

Seems to be a fine distinction between an individual taking money for personal gain and any political party taking hundreds of thousands in donations generated by evidently philanthropic desires of foreign donors whom we are expected to believe are simply looking after Australia's national interests and expect nothing in return for such altruism?

Neither reflects the actions of loyal Australians.

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