‘I lost my future’: Sam Dastyari opens up about his career demise
While facing the ICAC inquiry into Labor donations, Sam Dastyari agreed to join Ben Fordham in-studio in a candid and revealing interview.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has begun investigating claims Labor disguised illegal donations from a Chinese property developer.
It’s alleged Huang Xiangmo handed over $100,000 in cash at the Chinese Friends of Labor election fundraiser just weeks before the 2015 election.
Mr Dastyari lost his career over his interactions with Huang but says he hopes the inquiry would mark a “new page” for Labor.
He tells Ben Fordham he takes responsibility for his actions but admits he felt used.
“I lost my career, I lost my family, I lost my marriage, I lost my future because of my own actions.
“It’s taken me a long time… to be able to take that level of personal responsibility and I think the party itself needs to take responsibility for letting down people too.”
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