Money makes the world go round.
And money in the form of political donations can far too easily sway pollies’ decisions on important issues.
It’s tricky enough when that money comes from domestic sources. But when the money is donated by foreign entities, it almost certainly comes with strings attached.
According to AAP, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) conducted a raid through the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party on Tuesday, during the annual ALP conference in Adelaide, following an ongoing investigation into foreign donations.
The donations were said to be relating to an annual Chinese Friends of Labor fundraising event in 2015, but the exact details of the raid are still unclear.
Labor claiming they have nothing to hide?
While the ALP says they intend to fully comply with the investigation, former federal labor senator Sam Dastyari, who resigned last year following a scandal that linked him to Chinese figures, is desperately looking to distance himself from the matter.
And he did so as sarcastically and as publicly as possible.
He took to Twitter saying,
‘I want to thank the newspapers for keeping me relevant,’ he tweeted.
‘Even if it’s about a raid I know nothing about. Regarding some fundraiser I wasn’t at. About an office I had left years earlier (Labor) by a state authority that has nothing to do with me.’
But what Dastyari fails to mention is that he, along with many other recognisable members of the Labor party, have been seen frequently at these previous events. And while he denies any knowledge of the donations that caused the raid, the investigation will expose the holes of foreign influence that clearly exist.
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