Labor Begs Dastyari to Come Back

From The Daily Telegraph.

Sam Dastyari should return to politics, says NSW Labor general secretary Kaila Murnain.

By Kylar Loussikian.

NSW state Labor secretary Kaila Murnain has begged disgraced former senator Sam Dastyari to return to the political frontline.

Mr Dastyari was seen as a rising ALP star before a scandal over his links to Chinese interests forced him to quit in December.

Ms Murnain praised Mr Dastyari last night in a TV interview. “Sam, if you’re watching, we do want you back,” she told Sky News host and The Daily Telegraphjournalist Sharri Markson. “He has enormous talent. Frankly the Labor Party is very lucky to think that we might be able to get him back at some point in some capacity,” she said.

Since resigning, Mr Dastyari has regularly appeared on The Kyle and Jackie O Showon KIIS FM and works with political consultants Essential Media.

But Mr Dastyari dismissed the idea of returning to politics. “For the first time in my adult life I can wake up and not have to freak out about what’s in the papers,” he said. “The rush you get for being able to sleep at night is far better than the adrenaline of politics.”

Mr Dastyari, a former NSW state secretary, resigned from the Senate after contradicting the party’s policy on the South China Sea and with concerns about his close relationship to political ­donors with links to Beijing.

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