Corruption investigators raided Labor party offices in Sydney on Tuesday, reportedly seeking documents relating to a lobbying group with deep connections to China.
Around lunchtime officials entered the offices of the state branch of Labor Party, which is currently holding its national conference in Adelaide. Senior party officers are all attending the conference.
The Australian reports Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) officers swept the NSW Labor Party’s Sussex Street headquarters as part of an investigation into ALP donations.
It is reported that investigators were looking for financial records linked to an annual party fundraising event called the Chinese Friends of Labor.
ICAC has declined to comment on the raid.
In November, former Labor senator Sam Dastyari quit politics because of a scandal over his relationship with one Chinese businessman and large party donor, Huang Xiangmo.