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BBC Chinese: Australian Senator Resigned after Chinese Donated Money to Him

BBC Chinese recently reported that Australian Senator Sam Dastyari resigned from his post because he had accepted donations from foreign countries. This scandal involved some companies with a Mainland China background. In 2014, Dastyari was criticized for allowing a Chinese company to pay his legal fees. This time, he acknowledged that he asked some Chinese companies to reimburse him for some of his travel costs (around US$1,280). The Australian news company Fairfax Media was the first one to break the story. Dastyari is currently under investigation to see if he violated federal and local laws. He admitted wrong-doing at a press conference, saying he made a mistake. Labour leader Bill Shorten said he would like to give Dastyari a second chance.

Source: BBC Chinese, September 7, 2016