Why has it taken so long? Bill Shorten orders Sam Dastyari to QUIT after explosive tapes revealed 'he was caught tipping off wealthy Chinese donor with communist links about phone tap'

  • Labor leader Bill Shorten has told Sam Dastyari to quit senior positions?
  • 'I told Dastyari that his mischaracterisation?made his position untenable'
  • 'His handling of these matters showed a lack of judgment,' Shorten said
  • Malcolm Turnbull called for Shorten to dump him from the Labor party?
  • Dastyari resigned from positions in the Senate but will remain in parliament?

Sam Dastyari has resigned from senior positions in the Senate on orders by Labor leader Bill Shorten, as the embattled politician faces questions about his dubious dealings with?China.??

Mr Shorten called on the Senator to step down from parliamentary responsibilities on Thursday saying: ?'His mischaracterisation of how he came to make comments contradicting Labor policy made his position untenable'.

'I also told him that while I accept his word that he never had, nor disclosed, any classified information, his handling of these matters showed a lack of judgment, ' Mr Shorten said.?

Mr Shorten also reportedly contacted ASIO to check whether Senator Dastyari posed a security threat.?

Senator Dastyari's demotion comes after it was revealed he allegedly warned a Chinese political donor that his phone was likely tapped by government agencies. ?

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Sam Dastyari has resigned from senior positions in the Senate on orders by Labor leader Bill Shorten

Sam Dastyari has resigned from senior positions in the Senate on orders by Labor leader Bill Shorten

Senator Dastyari resigned as the deputy opposition whip and chairman of the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism but will remain in parliament

Senator Dastyari resigned as the deputy opposition whip and chairman of the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism but will remain in parliament

Senator Dastyari resigned as the deputy opposition whip and chairman of the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism, but will remain in parliament.?

Senior Turnbull government ministers zeroed in on Senator Dastyari after leaked audio suggested he defended Beijing's controversial South China Sea policy in defiance of Labor's position.?

'The Chinese integrity of its borders is a matter for China,' he said in the audio from a press conference with Chinese reporters in June 2016.?

Senator Dastyari had previously said he had only 'incorrectly' mumbled an answer to a question he should not have taken.?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Senator Dastyari's alleged behaviour was 'disloyal conduct from the highest order'.?

'If he refuses to resign, Shorten should dump him from the Labor party,' Mr Turnbull said. ?

'Is he on the side of the agents who keep us safe, or on the side of a foreign government?'

'I spoke to Senator Sam Dastyari and told him to resign from his senior Labor positions in the Senate,' Labor Leader Bill Shorten said?

'I spoke to Senator Sam Dastyari and told him to resign from his senior Labor positions in the Senate,' Labor Leader Bill Shorten said?

Senior Turnbull government ministers had zeroed in on Senator Dastyari (with Mr Huang) after leaked audio suggested he defended Beijing's controversial South China Sea policy in defiance of Labor's position.

Senior Turnbull government ministers had zeroed in on Senator Dastyari (with Mr Huang) after leaked audio suggested he defended Beijing's controversial South China Sea policy in defiance of Labor's position.

Businessman Huang Xiangmo's, who Senator Dastyari allegedly tipped off, Mosman mansion on Sydney's north shore pictured

Businessman Huang Xiangmo's, who Senator Dastyari allegedly tipped off, Mosman mansion on Sydney's north shore pictured

Attorney-General George Brandis would not go as far as saying the senator's actions were treasonable.

'What I'm saying is that Senator Dastyari's position, on the basis of what we know, is completely impossible,' he told ABC radio.

'Senator Dastyari took deliberate steps to undermine or subvert what he believed to be or what he believed might be an intelligence investigation.'

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also called for the senator's scalp while Defence Minister Marise Payne said his 'recklessness' showed Labor could not be trusted on defence and national security.

Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi called on Senator Dastyari to resign from the parliament.

'This really has the smell of something that should never have crept into Canberra politics,' he told ABC radio.?

Businessman and political donor Huang Xiangmo is embroiled in the controversy

Businessman and political donor Huang Xiangmo is embroiled in the controversy

Mr Huang's Mosman house where his October meeting with Senator Dastyari was held - when Dastyari allegedly warned him his phone was potentially bugged

Mr Huang's Mosman house where his October meeting with Senator Dastyari was held - when Dastyari allegedly warned him his phone was potentially bugged

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also called for the senator's scalp while Defence Minister Marise Payne said his 'recklessness' showed Labor could not be trusted on defence and national security

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also called for the senator's scalp while Defence Minister Marise Payne said his 'recklessness' showed Labor could not be trusted on defence and national security

Senator Dastyari spent a brief spell in the doghouse over earlier dealings with Chinese Communist Party linked businessman Huang Xiangmo.

The latest audio comes after the NSW Labor powerbroker was reported to have warned the donor his phone was likely being bugged by intelligence agencies during a meeting in Sydney in October 2016.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Senator Dastyari was 'not on Australia's side'.

'I expect Turnbull and the Liberals to smear me, but for he and his colleagues to suggest that I am not a true or loyal Australian is incredibly hurtful - and hurtful to all overseas-born Australians,' Senator Dastyari told AAP.?

Labor leader Bill Shorten has told Sam Dastyari to quit senior positions in parliament's upper house as the embattled senator faces questions about his dealings with China

Labor leader Bill Shorten has told Sam Dastyari to quit senior positions in parliament's upper house as the embattled senator faces questions about his dealings with China

Speaking in parliament on Thursday, Senator George Brandis said Senator Dastyari's alleged conduct was a 'scandal'.?

'What is a man doing in the Australian parliament, let alone occupying a senior and influential position?' he said.?

'If he is prepared to thwart what he believed to be an investigation by Australian intelligence, and advise a man who he thought to be the subject of that investigation.?

'How is it possible for someone guilty of that behaviour to remain in the Australian parliament?'?

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