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Dastyari set to be referred to committee

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December 07, 2017

Embattled Labor senator Sam Dastyari could be referred to a parliamentary committee.

Embattled Labor senator Sam Dastyari could be referred to a parliamentary committee over allegations he advanced Chinese interests in Senate estimates hearings in return for payment.

Attorney-General George Brandis will move a motion to refer Senator Dastyari to parliament's privileges committee when the Senate sits again in February over what he says appears to be a "very serious breach".

Senate President Scott Ryan said he had received a letter from Senator Brandis concerning Senator Dastyari receiving payments from companies Yuhu Group and Top Education to settle debts, before "echoing" Chinese policy positions through more than 100 questions in estimates hearings.

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