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An Australian politician has been sacked over comments on the South China Sea

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Australian Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been sacked by the Opposition leader, after damning audio emerged of Dastyari contradicting Labor policy on China at a media conference last year.

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Labor leader Bill Shorten sacked Dastyari as the party’s Senate deputy whip and removed him as a senate committee chair, though he still holds his Senate seat. Just 18 months ago Dastyari’s Chinese connections cost him another government position.

Shorten told Dastyari to resign last night, issuing a statement saying he expects the senator “will learn from this experience.”

Yesterday, claims surfaced Dastyari had warned a Chinese donor he was under surveillance. Within 12 hours Shorten was forced to dismiss Dastyari after the recording emerged.

Read more at The Business Insider

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