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Dastyari resigns, but will Labor’s proposals fix the political donations system?

7 Sep 2016
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Labor senator Sam Dastyari has resigned his shadow frontbench position after a week-long saga over a Chinese company having covered his travel expenses. This payment led to questions about his support for China in the South China Sea dispute in defiance of Labor policy.

These issues have sparked concern about foreign political donations and the effect these might have on Australian democracy. The question is whether such donations might lead to politicians being swayed by their foreign benefactors to favour and support foreign policy positions that conflict with Australian interests.

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