Former senator Sam Dastyari takes to the stage to discuss his memoir, One Halal of a Story, and the tumultuous year that followed its release. Joining the Labor Party when he was 16, Sam became a senator only 13 years later, before resigning in December 2017 after revelations about links to a Chinese political donor. In conversation with The Guardian’s Bridie Jabour, he discusses an autobiography praised by The Australian as “thoughtful, funny and self-critical” and reflects on the difficult adjustment to life after Parliament House.

Sam Dastyari (Australian)

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Sam Dastyari was born in Iran to student activists and arrived in Australia aged four. He has worked with Hawker Britton and served as General Secretary of New South Wales Labor. He was appointed to the Senate in 2013, promoted to the shadow outer ministry in 2016, and became the manager of opposition business in the Senate and spokesperson for consumer affairs. Sam formally resigned from the Senate in January 2018. He is now an Associate Director at Essential Media.

Bridie Jabour (Australian)

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Bridie Jabour is assistant news editor at The Guardian Australia where she also writes features and comment. She co-hosts The Guardian podcast Behind the Lines and has covered politics in Queensland, New South Wales and Canberra. Bridie has a Walkley Award at home that is used as a bottle opener, but it doesn't have her name on it.