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Sam Dastyari Quits Senate Over Chinese Links

Embattled Labor senator Sam Dastyari has quit the federal parliament amid intense scrutiny of his interactions with a Chinese businessman and political donor.

The NSW representative and factional colleague of Bill Shorten was sacked from his senior parliamentary roles by the Labor leader last week.

"I've not reached this decision lightly," he said.

"But in my deliberations, I've been guided by my Labor values, which tell me that I should leave if my ongoing presence detracts from the pursuit of Labor's mission.

"It is evident to me we are at that point, so I will spare the party any further distraction."

The soon-to-be ex-senator said he was a "loyal, patriotic Australian".

"I leave knowing that I've always honoured my parliamentary oath," he said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday challenged Labor, saying if Senator Dastyari was allowed to remain it would be shocking.

"Dastyari has quite plainly been acting in the interests of another government or another power," the PM told ABC TV's Q&A program.

-AAP

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