The former labor member represented New South Wales in the Australian Senate from 2013 to 2018, and was the first person of Iranian origin to sit in parliament.
After a donations scandal in early 2018, in which the 35-year-old senator requested a Chinese-linked business pay a $1670 travel expense bill he owed, he resigned.
In his exclusive interview with Fairfax, the politician is evidently taking responsibility for his actions, sharing that part of the reason he wants to go on reality television is so that when his daughter is old enough to google him, she does not think her father is defined by the scandal that led to his resignation.
In an exclusive interview with Fairfax, the politician shared that he hopes to make his daughter proud.
“In a period of time my daughter, Hannah, will be old enough to read the internet and read all the bad decisions I’ve made in the past, but I hope she will see the other things out there and if that means eating a spider or lying in a snake pit then so be it,” he told Fairfax.
“I see this opportunity as a way with dealing with things – and nothing can be worse than what’s going on inside my head,” he added.
Among other celebrities, such as Angie and Yvie fro Gogglebox, Dastyari will be braving the South African jungle tomorrow.
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There are also ~rumours~ that Pamela Anderson could be making an appearance on the show.
I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here premiers January 13 on Network 10.