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Former Labor frontbencher Sam Dastyari praised the Chinese Communist Party’s official propaganda outlet for its “incredible work” in building relations with Australia.

In a 2015 Chinese New Year message he recorded for People’s Daily Online Australia, Senator Dastyari said the state-run newspaper provided a “strong voice” for Chinese Australians.

“It’s great to be able to share a message with the audience of the People’s Daily Online and the incredible work that that organisation does to actually build the relationship between Australia and China, and make sure there is a strong voice for Chinese Australians.”

The video was published on February 16, 2015 – the year after Senator Dastyari had a $5000 legal bill settled by Huang Xiangmo’s Yuhu Group, but before he outsourced his travel overspend to the the prominent Chinese donor Minshen Zhu and his Top Education Institute. Sam Dastyari praises ‘incredible work’ of Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, The SMH