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Suspected influence agent quits Victorian Liberal Party

The Liberal member who has been charged with preparing an act of foreign interference has quit the Victorian division of the party amid calls for him to be suspended.

Di Sanh Duong, president of the Oceania Federation of Chinese Organisations and deputy chairman of the Museum of Chinese Australian History in Melbourne, on Thursday became the first person charged under Australia’s landmark foreign interference laws.

Di Sanh Duong has been charged in Melbourne with preparing an act of foreign interference within Australia.

Di Sanh Duong has been charged in Melbourne with preparing an act of foreign interference within Australia.Credit:

Mr Duong, also known as Sunny Duong, is suspected to have links with Beijing’s overseas influence arm, the United Front Work Department.

A senior party source, who was not authorised to speak publicly, told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday evening that Mr Duong had offered his resignation and it had been accepted.

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