The Tehranian Candidate

In the Fairfax papers this morning is an UNBELIEVABLE report about the conduct of Senator the Hon. Sahand (Sam) Dastyari.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari warned Chinese Communist Party-linked political donor Huang Xiangmo last year that his phone was likely tapped by government agencies, including the US government.

The Fairfax report not only raises questions about the conduct of Senator Sam but also about the contact of the Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Bill Shorten MP:

Two Labor sources have also confirmed that, shortly after these events (Dastyari’s resignation from shadow cabinet), Opposition Leader Bill Shorten warned Mr Dastyari through a “back channel” that ASIO had concerns about Mr Huang. Mr Shorten’s office declined to answer questions about if or when this occurred, although a source with first-hand knowledge of the ASIO warning relayed to Mr Dastyari said it was generic and did not contain any classified information known to Mr Shorten.

Now this is One Halal of a Story!

Let’s see if Senator Sam remains in Parliament.

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78 Responses to The Tehranian Candidate

  1. notafan

    Holding breathe waiting for Sam to resign not recommended.

  2. Gengis

    Well he has to go because he has allegiance to a foreign power (China)

  3. stackja

    ALP follows different rules.

  4. Zyconoclast

    I think Manus Island has a new facility.

    Or Golburn Supemax. Just to make it easier to transport him to and from court.

    Didn’t the controller of this blog tell people to leave Darstardly alone because he tries hard and is a good bloke?

  5. Infidel Tiger

    Careful. Sam is a very good friend of Sinc’s and is a guest at every so called libertarian event in Australia.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Senator the Hon. Sahand (Sam Han) Dastyari.

    FIFY. Han is literally his middle name.

  7. Caveman

    But but what about sec 44

  8. struth

    Who’d like to make a bet on the removal or otherwise of Sam Suk Dik Dastardly?

  9. If Tony Abbott (or I) warned Chinese Communist Party-linked political donor Huang Xiangmo last year that his phone was likely tapped by government agencies, including the US government, charges would surely have been laid by by now.

    Ain’t it good to have friends in the right places?*

    * Who says the AFP is politicized?

  10. Dr Faustus

    Bill Shorten warned Mr Dastyari through a “back channel” that ASIO had concerns about Mr Huang.

    This is obviously an out and out lie. Or possibly true.

    Senator Dastyari says: “I reject any assertion that I did anything other than put to Mr Huang gossip being spread by journalists.”

    However it won’t matter that Dastyari admits to a conversation with Huang that he preferred the security agencies not to hear. Sam’s back is safe. Nearly incoming PM Shorten knows from experience that the Persian Dwarf has an active interest in changing Labor leaders.

  11. Who’d like to make a bet on the removal or otherwise of Sam Suk Dik Dastardly?

    I have $1 that says that nuffin’ will happen. Dick Dastardly is untouchable.

  12. JC

    So the muttonheads who ruffed him up were wrong calling him a terrorist. They should have abused him for being a chicom spy.

  13. candy

    Sam D. is such a little jovial chap, you feel bad criticising him.
    It’s hard to see what he contributes to Labor and why he’s there, apart from the stunts which are surely growing boring by now.

    I tend to think there’s a few there Bill Shorten would like see the back of, besides Sam D.

  14. egg_

    Huang low blow to Iranian pr0n dwarf.

  15. egg_

    Dick Dastardly is untouchable.

    +1

    He knows where the NSW Right’s bodies are buried?

  16. Roger

    It’s hard to see what he contributes to Labor and why he’s there…

    He holds the dirt files on Labor parliamentarians.

  17. One Halal of a Story by Sam Dastyari
    This is an overview of this epic by Dymock (you can buy this gem for only $29.99):

    As in life, Sam Dastyari’s memoir is unexpected and unorthodox. This is the man who introduced Pauline Hanson to the halal snack pack and accountability to big banks.
    Named Sahand by his hippy Iranian parents, he changed his name to Sam to fit in with his schoolmates. But Sam was always going to stand out.
    He joined the Labor Party when he was 16 and was elected as a senator only 13 years later. Sam brings his super-charged approach to life to his writing and the result is hilarious: part-memoir, part-political treatise and part-reflection on hard times.
    We learn about his cats, Lenin and Trotsky; how to deal with neighbours when their front lawns are under siege from the media thanks to your misdemeanour; and how the most dangerous mosh pits are to be found among parents at the school nativity play.
    One Halal of a Story is a no-holds-barred look at the good and bad of family, politics, and being Sam.

    Publisher: MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PUB, Category: Education & Reference / Politics!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Adelagado

    What a cesspool. Barnaby Joyce is not Australian enough to sit in parliament, but the treacherous scum Dastyari is.

  19. Diogenes

    Dick Dastardly is untouchable.

    Even more so , despite his protestations & ‘best efforts’ according to the HC, he can still walk into an Iranian Embassy & walk out with an Iranian passport

  20. H B Bear

    Dick Dastardly is untouchable.
    +1
    He knows where the NSW Right’s bodies are buried?

    When you’ve spent so long working at Sussex St you’ve done most of the burying. The Persian Dwarf is the most dangerous time server currently lounging on the red leather and the taxpayers dime.

  21. struth

    What a cesspool. Barnaby Joyce is not Australian enough to sit in parliament, but the treacherous scum Dastyari is.

    This is the falsehood they are trying to promote.
    It’s all about dual citizenship, when it is not.

    They always use the term dual citizenship when our constitution clearly states that what Sam is doing is also grounds for losing office.

    “Is under ANY acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power………………..is also written in the constitution.

    Half of our federal pollies could be booted out and is one of the main reasons the U.N. love to play with our local councils, who are not government but act like they are.
    (It’s grounds for being put against a wall and shot like all traitors should be, IMHO)

  22. Mother Lode

    Labor won’t want Sam out as the Chinese paid for him in good faith, and it would signal sovereign risk if he was removed merely because it was in Australia’s interest.

    It’s not about security. It is about honouring financial agreements.

  23. old bloke

    Two Labor sources have also confirmed that, shortly after these events (Dastyari’s resignation from shadow cabinet), Opposition Leader Bill Shorten warned Mr Dastyari through a “back channel” that ASIO had concerns about Mr Huang.

    Any halfway competent Prime Minister would bring down the opposition leader with this allegation which amounts to Shorten indirectly colluding with the communist Chinese.

    Turnbull has been gifted a knock out blow, but he won’t lay a glove on Shorten.

  24. Up The Workers!

    At the moment, this dim individual is only a ‘steamed Dim Sam’.

    Once his factional bosses are through with him, he may be a ‘fried Dim Sam’

    What a ‘soy-boy’.

  25. struth

    Could somebody that does twitter send that part of the constitution sect 44(I) to Sam?

  26. Leigh Lowe

    Any halfway competent Prime Minister would bring down the opposition leader with this allegation which amounts to Shorten indirectly colluding with the communist Chinese.

    Turnbull has been gifted a knock out blow, but he won’t lay a glove on Shorten.

    But if the ABC trot out a story that (shock, horror) a conservative Liberal met with someone in Trump’s circle, Trumble will be white with rage.

  27. notafan

    Sam, however, will be thrilled he is trending on Twitter.

    Tell us that crocodile Trump joke again Sam, what a knee slapper that was.

  28. mh

    PM Malcolm Turnbull:

    Pauline Hanson is, as far as we are concerned, not a welcome presence in the Australian political scene

    PM Malcolm Turnbull on Sam Dastyari:

    * crickets *

  29. Chris M

    Sam is a very good friend of Sinc’s

    Everyone loves Mr Bean apparently. Even the Chicoms.

  30. duncanm

    Spartacus – the timeline implied from your quotes is a little broken.

    1. Sam resigns from shadow cabinet
    2a. Shorten tells Sam about ASIO concerns regarding Mr Huang.
    2b. Sam tells Huang about ASIO.

    I’m guessing 2b followed 2a.. but its not entirely clear yet.

  31. BorisG

    In the Fairfax papers this morning

    You believe MSM? I am shocked!

  32. notafan

    You believe MSM? I am shocked!

    What is the issue Boris

    Sam admitted to the four calls on behalf of Mr Huang and his citizenship and admitted going to Mr Huang’s home to speak to him

    The rest seems very plausible in view of Mr Dastyari getting his $5000 private bill paid

  33. Boris

    What is the issue Boris

    I have no doubt that the story is accurate, like most other msm stories . You however often say that you never trust MSM let alone Fairfax. It seems that you are prepared to be a little inconsistent when the story suits your political narrative.

  34. Rae

    In the Fairfax papers this morning is an UNBELIEVABLE

    srr is BACK.

  35. Pauly

    Isn,’t this what section 44 is about? Not running around checking your grandparents birth certificates.

  36. notafan

    You however often say that you never trust MSM let alone Fairfax. It seems that you are prepared to be a little inconsistent when the story suits your political narrative.

    Is that so? I don’t recall often saying anything of the kind, other than seriously disrepecting anything out of the Syrian version of Palliwood.

    And I do recall saying I stopped subscribing to the Age because of it’s anti Catholic bias but that was a long time ago

    Perhaps it about discerning wheat from chaff, put simply where a newspaper simply reports the who what when and where I don’t have a problem, when there there is a lot of opinion in the mix I am somewhat more discerning

    some of us can do that

    Tis funny you say I am inconsistent because of my political narrative and another claims I am an UN stasi clinton soros athiest abortion profiteer

  37. John Constantine

    China is where the money is.

    How many ex labor prime ministers have made massive amounts of money from China?.

    If they think they are bribing you, but you pretend it is simply a commercial transaction, but you go looking for more, it is still corruption to proles that are paid far less money. (And not cash.)

  38. John Constantine

    Conflict with Chinese interests.

    People even at the cat pretend it is still possible.

    We see the Chinese diaspora strongly represented in the public service on merit.

    Shanghai Sam is handing over American intelligence information to China for a free lunch, so what do the Chinese communist party get told by people that have relatives in China under the life and death control of the chicoms?.

  39. Boris

    I don’t recall often saying anything of the kind,

    I did not mean you personally.

  40. Boris

    It is it my fault that in English you is both singular and plural.

  41. John Constantine

    The Chinese made roads of Papua New Guinea will be better than the flogged out roads of Australia all too soon.

    The Chinese are made to pay full going rate to bribe Papuans, where Australia’s elites sell out for a bit of flattery and a glass of mineral water.

    And brown paper bags often holding as ugh as hundreds of dollars.

    The papuans get a brand new silk highway system, and we see Australia’s halfwit political rabble can’t even figure out how to be bribed properly.

  42. A Lurker

    Anyone think that the timing of the reveal of Dastyari’s activities is more than a little suspect given what has happened to religious freedom overnight in the Senate.

  43. notafan

    It is it my fault that in English you is both singular and plural.

    You need to speak Australian Boris

    Using youse would have prevented any misunderstanding

    Not to mention that you were responding to my comment

  44. H B Bear

    China is where the money is.
    How many ex labor prime ministers have made massive amounts of money from China?.

    Hawke’s harbourside mansion (notice a pattern?) should really have gotten FIRB approval. Most of the cash came straight from Beijing.

  45. I am Spartacus

    You believe MSM? I am shocked!

    Oh Boris. Never said I don’t believe MSM. But one (or ones) needs to recognise the difference between news and opinion. In Fairfax, there is generally no distinction. They present their opinion as news and fact. There is also the question of balance. Now Fairfax is not the ABC and does not have to be balanced (which is not balanced either). But equally they should be called out when there is no balance. 99 negative opinion infused news stories on conservatives does not balance of 1 critical story about Senator Sam.

  46. entropy

    Apart from once again exposing slippery sam’s Chinese connections, what I am very curious about is how this information was obtained, and then why it was leaked to Fairfax.
    Was there a tap on Sam, Bill and/or Mr Huang?

    That, ladies and gentlemen, is a scary thought. Is the leader of the opposition being surveillance by ASIO?

  47. Linden

    Turnbull could not even give himself an uppercut, lol

  48. indigo

    Senior Labor ministers in Whitlam’s government had drinking parties at the Soviet Embassy with the KGB. Its on the record Lionel Murphy was the chief of them, and raided ASIO to see what they knew about him. Why should we be surprised now about another is close to the Communist Chinese?

    By the way, this comment got bounced at The Australian. Gotta wonder at their censorship.

  49. entropy

    Drinking with Russians? Their poor livers!

  50. Habib

    Poisonous Persian dwarf of Sussex St is our enemy. Stop the presses.

  51. I am Spartacus

    Turnbull could not even give himself an uppercut, lol

    Dear Linden.

    See – https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/935181974804844544

  52. Myrddin Seren

    Labor senator Sam Dastyari warned Chinese Communist Party-linked political donor Huang Xiangmo last year that his phone was likely tapped by government agencies, including the US government.

    Mr Huang ( thinks ): No shit, Sherlock ! No wonder we can get away with paying this noodle peanuts to sell out !’

    I mean seriously – the ChiComs spy on everyone and everything. Huang wouldn’t have got to where he is without knowing how the game works. If anything, the State Security Bureau was probably listening in on Huang to ensure no deviation.

    Before the two spoke, Mr Dastyari gave Mr Huang counter-surveillance advice, saying they should leave their phones inside and go outside to speak.

    If Sam wants ‘them’ to leave ‘their phones’ (plural ) behind, it means he thinks BOTH phones could be tapped. Bzzzt – a winner ! And why would Sam think his phone might be tapped ? Who knows – I mean, doesn’t EVERYONE leave their phone behind for a private tete-a-tete with a major ChiCom figure !!

    At this point, it could be argued that Shorten’s ‘friendly’ back-channel advice to Shanghai Sam has produced the desired result and Sam has outed himself as a compromised agent of the PRC. Good work, Tits, if it was your plan in the first place to rid yourself of this treacherous grub.

  53. Up The Workers!

    The saddest thing of all is that given all the other low grubs in his disorganised crime racket of a ‘Party’, Slimy Sam doesn’t stand out; on the contrary, he fits right in with the rest of them.

    There are sewage treatment works which hold less crap than you could find in our State and Federal Parliaments at the moment.

  54. .

    JC
    #2569628, posted on November 29, 2017 at 10:48 am
    So the muttonheads who ruffed him up were wrong calling him a terrorist. They should have abused him for being a chicom spy.

    Ha!

    Oh and never buy/use a Huaiwei phone. Even though I saw the former DG of intel doing ads for Huaiwei at Bruce Stadium. Weird game of football, Canberra won, even with their equal opportunity cheerleaders. Actually it was against the Sharkies in a finals game a few years ago.

  55. Habib

    Why isn’t plod currently reading him his rights before pointing out the relevant sections of the Crimes Act?

  56. Squirrel

    Yet another illustration of why the major parties struggle to get the first preference votes of two in every three voters – but as others have said, nothing (of the career-terminating variety) will happen to Sam.

  57. Myrddin Seren

    …nothing (of the career-terminating variety) will happen to Sam.

    I am not 100% sure of this.

    Shorten has the rat-cunning to recognise an ultra-ambitious grub sitting right behind him. Sam having been found in a treasonous position could rid Shorten of a potential problem.

  58. Mater

    If ABC/Fairfax are running with this, he’s being thrown under the bus.
    Why? This is a distraction for what?

  59. OldOzzie

    Tape emerges of Sam Dastyari at infamous press conference

    Labor Senator Sam Dastyari has suffered another blow with a partial tape emerging of his infamous press conference where he contradicted Labor policy on the South China Sea.

    Last year it was revealed that the Senator had pledged to respect China’s position on the South China Sea while standing next to Huang Xiangmo, a businessman who had previously paid one of his legal bills.

    In the tape, which Channel Nine reported was recorded at the press conference, the Senator says Australia should not interfere in the dispute.

    “The Chinese integrity of its borders is a matter for China, and the role that Australia should be playing as a friend is to know that we think several thousand years of history, thousands of years of history when it is and isn’t our place to be involved.”

    “As a supporter of China and a friend of China the Australian Labor Party is playing an important role in maintaining that relationship and the best way of maintaining that relationship is knowing when it is and isn’t our place to be involved,” he said.

    Labor at the time had a very different position.

    The conference was held on July 17, a day after Labor’s Defence Spokesman at the time, Stephen Conroy, said a federal Labor government would authorise the Defence Force to conduct a freedom of navigation exercise in the South China Sea.

    Senator Dastyari has previously confirmed a report of his press conference which led to his resignation from Labor’s frontbench last year.

    “I held a press conference about the issue of safe schools with the Chinese media. I had a Chinese leader beside me,” he told ABC’s Q&A,

    “At the end of the press conference I was asked a question about a foreign policy matter that I gave the wrong answer to.”

    But the appearance of the tape will add further concern about the Senator’s future after Fairfax Media reported this morning that Senator Dastyari had a face-to-face meeting with Mr Huang and warned him he may be phone tapped by Australian and US authorities.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this was tantamount to providing “countersurveillance advice”.

    “Here he is, an Australian senator who has gone to a meeting with a foreign national with close links to a foreign government and advises that foreign national, Mr Huang, to put their phones inside to avoid the possibility of surveillance,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “Why is he giving countersurveillance advice to Mr Huang? Why is he trying to alert Mr Huang that perhaps Australian Security agencies may have an interest in him.”

    Property developer Huang Xiangmo, in comments to The Australian, has not denied he was warned by Labor Senator Sam Dastyari that his phone might be tapped but has accused the media of telling “fairytales”.

    In August, Seantor Dastyari said Mr Huang did not ask him to hold the media event but he was there “to bring the Chinese media”.

    Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has labelled a report about Sam Dastyri giving classified information to a Chinese donor a “beat up”.

    “What an absolute beat-up this is and of real concern is the apparent laissez faire attitude that the Government has towards using the security agencies to try to make a partisan political point,” Mr Albanese told Adelaide radio station 5AA.

    Spy agencies ‘used for politics’

    Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has labelled a report about Sam Dastyri giving classified information to a Chinese donor a “beat up”.

    Mr Albanese defended the NSW senator after a report alleging he had a face-to-face meeting with Chinese Communist Party-linked Huang Xiangmo and warned him he may be phone tapped by Australian and US authorities. He also accused the government of feeding the story to Fairfax Meida.

    “What an absolute beat-up this is and of real concern is the apparent laissez faire attitude that the Government has towards using the security agencies to try to make a partisan political point,” Mr Albanese told Adelaide radio station 5AA.

    “What we have here is a whole lot of innuendo basically. They say that this occurred. On what basis is that knowledge out there?

    “The allegation is there were two people as part of the conversation – Senator Dastyari and Mr Huang. And it purports to know as fact what happened in that conversation. I just find it extraordinary.”

    Earlier, Malcolm Turnbull accused Senator Dastyari of trying to subvert Australian authorities while helping the communist Chinese government as he called on the NSW Labor powerbroker to consider leaving parliament.

    The Prime Minister savaged Senator Dastyari for sharing concerns Huang Xiangmo, was being surveilled from Australian and US intelligence agencies, calling it a “very serious issue of national security”.

    Mr Turnbull questioned the allegiance of Senator Dastyari, asking: “whose side is Sam on? Not Australia’s it would seem.”

    “Here he is an Australian senator who has gone to a meeting with a foreign national with close links to a foreign government and advises that foreign national, Mr Huang, to put their phones inside to avoid the possibility of surveillance,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “Why is he giving countersurveillance advice to Mr Huang? Why is he trying to alert Mr Huang that perhaps Australian Security agencies may have an interest in him.

    “This goes well beyond, his previous appalling conduct where he had Huang Xiangmo pay some of his personal debts.

    “We expect Australian senators to be the side of Australia, not assisting foreign governments and foreign allegiances.”

    Mr Turnbull noted Senator Dastyari has admitted he thought Mr Huang’s phone was being surveilled, although the Labor senator claims he only passed on rumours from journalists.

    “Clearly thought that Mr Huang’s phone, perhaps, his phone as well, possibly, was the subject of surveillance,” he said.

    “If an Australian Security agency is surveilling a foreign national’s phone, the last thing you should do, is the tip that foreign national off.”

    Mr Turnbull questioned what Bill Shorten told Senator Dastyari about a potential investigation into Mr Huang. The Opposition Leader has regular briefings from the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation.

    “What did Bill Shorten tell Sam Dastyari, directly or indirectly, about possible interest from security services? What did he tell him and how can he allow him to remain on his frontbench?,” he said.

    “Sam Dastyari should really be considering his position in the Senate. We’ve had a lot of questions about citizenship lately and here is the question for Sam Dastyari: whose side are you on? Why are you giving countersurveillance advise to a foreign national closely linked to a foreign government.”

  60. OldOzzie

    From AFR – hear the words from Sam Dastyari’s own mouth

    Sam Dastyari’s South China Sea comments exposed on tape

  61. Boambee John

    “The allegation is there were two people as part of the conversation – Senator Dastyari and Mr Huang. And it purports to know as fact what happened in that conversation. I just find it extraordinary.”

    Albasleazy needs to watch a few spy movies. The subject of parabolic microphones comes up occasionally. Being outside might have been more vulnerable than staying inside?

  62. Crossie

    What a cesspool. Barnaby Joyce is not Australian enough to sit in parliament, but the treacherous scum Dastyari is.

    So why isn’t Barnaby making this point? Come to think of it, are any Libs and Nats even paying attention?

  63. stackja

    Andrew Bolt: It’s time for Labor to ditch Senator Sam Dastyari
    Herald Sun
    November 29, 2017 5:00pm
    Subscriber only
    LABOR must expel Senator Sam Dastyari. How can it trust Beijing Sam with any secret of use to communist China? And if it does trust him with secrets, how can we then trust Labor with Australia’s security? Dastyari’s career should be finished after fresh revelations of his dealings with Huang Xiangmo who, until last week, headed a lobby group linked to the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee.

  64. H B Bear

    Looks like Albo has been told the Dwarf isn’t getting thrown under the rickshaw.

  65. Dan Dare

    It’s not that complicated
    Dastardly was just concerned someone might hear the extent of the backhanders
    he’s copping from the Chicoms

  66. Mater

    Looks like Albo has been told the Dwarf isn’t getting thrown under the rickshaw.

    Just.the.right.amount.of.resistance.

    The allusion of solidarity is important to socialists.

  67. Rohan

    Maybe Albo is calling the shots with an eye on the prize.

  68. classical_hero

    The Manchurian Candidate.

  69. cynical1

    Maybe Albo is calling the shots with an eye on the prize.

    Another who has been there too long.

    Like Rudd, the trough has done for him.

    His neck has been replaced by a spare tire.

    I think I prefer Bill.

    A genuine crook.

  70. stackja

    classical_hero
    #2570300, posted on November 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    The Manchurian Candidate.

    It is revealed that the Communists have been using Shaw as a sleeper agent, a guiltless assassin subconsciously activated by a trigger, in Shaw’s case seeing the “Queen of Diamonds” playing card while playing solitaire. Provoked by the appearance of the card, he obeys orders which he then forgets. Shaw’s KGB handler is his domineering mother, Eleanor, a ruthless power broker working with the Communists to execute a “palace coup d’état” to quietly overthrow the U.S. government and install her husband, McCarthy-esque Senator Johnny Iselin, as puppet dictator.

  71. hzhousewife

    So why isn’t Barnaby making this point? Come to think of it, are any Libs and Nats even paying attention?

    They just can’t get the media can they. I’m sure they have plenty to say, but no mouthpiece to say it through.

  72. BorisG

    Not to mention that you were responding to my comment

    No, to the title post and many comments. Did not even read yours.

  73. Leo G

    “The third (sic) point I would make is any suggestion that any sort of sensitive information was shared by Sam Dastyari doesn’t really bear scrutiny. Sam has said himself that- he has not- he doesn’t have any sensitive information. He certainly doesn’t have access to any classified information.” – Tanya Plibersek

    I have to agree that Bill Shorten’s “back channel” exchange with Sam should not be publicly exposed.

  74. BorisG

    99 negative opinion infused news stories on conservatives does not balance of 1 critical story about Senator Sam.

    more line 70/30.

  75. Lily

    It’s not Shorten who decides Dastyari’s fate, it’s the union, and Dastiyari is of the union. My guess is Dastyari dictates to Shorten more than the other way around.

  76. .

    Have you thrown away your Huaiwei phones yet? I surely hope so.

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