Labor leader addresses ‘serious issue’ as party colleague Sam Dastyari calls for complete ban on foreign donations

Bill Shorten has said he did not know about $400,000 in donations to the Labor party from a tobacco company director and he had called the party administration to “please explain”.

Fairfax Media reported that the Labor party took donations in 2011 and 2013 from Peter Chen, a director of a tobacco company ATA International Pty Ltd, donated through Wei Wah, which sells cheap cigarettes. Wei Wah was approached by Guardian Australia for comment.

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