6 September, 2016. 12:34
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
ONLY TWO MONTHS AGO, embattled senator Sam Dastyari became the unofficial ambassador of the halal snack pack – a dish consisting of halal-certified doner kebab meat, chips and one or more sauces.
He even offered fellow senator Pauline Hanson over to his place for one on national television, an offer she declined.
However, in recent weeks, Senator Dastyari should’ve turned down an offer from a company linked to the Chinese government to pay a comparatively small bill on behalf of the politician.
Apologising today in Sydney, the 33-year-old said it was foolish of him to accept the offer to pay his bill, amounting to just over a thousand dollars.
“Yeah, I’m putting my hand up and copping it on the chin. I fucked up and I admit it,” he said, to a growing media pack.
“But do any of you have any more question surrounding halal snack packs? Are they still and thing? Or have all those blokes from the appreciation society had a cardiac episode?”
“Anyway. Enough about the Chinese, they get enough air time in the media anyway. Did any of you guys know that the sauce needs to be halal, as well? Otherwise, it’s not technically halal.”
Senator Dastyari then continued to speak about the treaty, meaty snack until most of the reporters had left the roadside of his South Sydney electoral office.
The last one to leave the conference was an intern from Triple M’s Grill Team segment, who made the mistake of telling the Senator that he was heading in the same direction.
“He asked me if I wanted to split a cab,” said the intern.
“I said no but he just got in. He said he’d pay for the whole thing, but you never know with these blokes.”