After Dastyari’s downfall we must question the hold of big money on any political party | Jeff Sparrow

Irrespective of a donor’s nationality, what are the effects of politicians hobnobbing with billionaires on the democratic process?

We need to be very careful about the political narrative emerging to explain Sam Dastyari’s downfall.

In Fairfax, Mark Kenny argues that, by resigning over his connections with billionaire Huang Xiangmo, Dastyari “reinforced to Beijing, and to its wealthy business and political surrogates here, that Australia will safeguard its sovereignty as jealously as does China”.

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