The following is the full statement from Sam Dastyari, following his resignation from parliament this morning:
Statement translated into English:
I hereby resign from the Australian parliament effective immediately.
Over the past two weeks, I have been accused of having split loyalties, but nothing can be further from the truth. I have always prioritised the fundraising activities of the NSW Right over the interests of everything else.
My close relationship with Chinese nationals was merely a reflection of my deep love of Yum Cha and six-figure donations.
I hope to work out a way to be able to keep contributing to public life, presumably with a talk show on Sky News, or more probably, CCTV.
For The Chaser
If you enjoyed this article, consider becoming a contributor to the Chaser Beer Fund. For just $7 a month you can help us employ 20 more interns.