Key MPs agree with backbencher Anthony Byrne who says an investigation ‘has to be done, even if it involves our own side’

Senior Labor figures have joined a call by MP Anthony Byrne for a parliamentary inquiry into foreign influence after reports the NSW branch of the party received at least $120,000 in donations from companies with links to a Chinese-born businessman on its Senate ticket.

Fairfax Media and the Australian reported that “Simon” Shuo Zhou, a gold trader who ran for Labor as a Senate candidate in the 2016 election, quit a part-time job at the NSW Labor headquarters this week after the party was questioned about his alleged link to a tax scam involving gold dealers.

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