Labor leader says he is deeply frustrated by Sam Dastyari’s behaviour and that he has been forced ‘to sack him again’

The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has acknowledged that he doesn’t currently trust the judgment of the New South Wales senator Sam Dastyari but says he is not a risk to national security.

As Dastyari was ordered by the Senate on Thursday afternoon to provide a more comprehensive account of his contacts with Huang Xiangmo, a Sydney-based Chinese businessman, Shorten told reporters that, to the best of his knowledge, the senator had broken no laws and represented no threat to Australia’s national interest.

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