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AustraliaSetka's party membership fight with Albanese is heading to court

10:36  10 july  2019
10:36  10 july  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

John Setka takes Labor to Supreme Court

John Setka takes Labor to Supreme Court Victorian construction union boss John Setka is going to the Supreme Court in a bid to stop federal Labor expelling him from the party. Embattled union boss John Setka is due in Victoria's Supreme Court as he fights Labor's bid to expel him from the party. Federal leader Anthony Albanese wants the Victorian CFMMEU secretary's membership torn up, arguing Setka does not live up to Labor values. But Setka says expelling him will stop him being an effective advocate for the union and its members.

Mr Albanese has insisted Mr Setka will be expelled from the party after he was convicted at Melbourne Magistrates Court last month of harassing his wife. But before the conviction Mr Albanese had said Mr Setka ’ s behaviour had warranted expulsion, including comments he made about anti-family

John Setka saga set for new courtroom drama. Union leader goes to court to challenge Anthony Albanese ' s ALP expulsion push. Anthony Albanese is not concerned Victorian construction union boss John Setka is launching a court challenge to stop his expulsion from the Labor Party .

Setka's party membership fight with Albanese is heading to court© Jason South John Setka and his wife Emma Walters arrive at Melbourne Magistrates Court. The legal showdown between John Setka and Labor will culminate in the Supreme Court on Thursday as the construction union boss fights back against Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s push to expel him from the party.

The CFMMEU Victorian construction branch secretary has applied for an injunction against any move to turf him from the Labor Party.

Labor’s national executive was set to decide on Mr Setka’s expulsion next week after he was granted a 10-day extension to plead his case before party officials.

But he has since taken the matter to the Supreme Court, where it has been set down for a one-day hearing.

Labor leader unfazed by Setka court action

Labor leader unfazed by Setka court action Anthony Albanese is not concerned Victorian construction union boss John Setka is launching a court challenge to stop his expulsion from the Labor Party. Federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese is unfazed by union boss John Setka taking court action to stop his expulsion from the party. Mr Albanese said the Victorian construction official was never going to go quietly. "He was always going to take legal action, because this is an issue for him, he doesn't like it," he told the Nine Network on Friday. "Guess what, he will try to stop it, but he won't be successful.

Victorian supreme court dismisses Setka ’ s attempt to prevent his expulsion from the ALP. Albanese ’s push started after reports Setka criticised family violence campaigner Rosie Batty for eroding men’s rights – an allegation the union leader denies.

But Setka , who has denied making the comments, said on Monday he would challenge his expulsion in the courts . About a dozen unions have now backed McManus’ s call, but Setka appears to have the support of his membership and some unions in the labour movement’ s militant wing.

The court battle comes as Victorian unions aligned with Labor’s Socialist Left faction rallied in Mr Setka’s defence, arguing the expulsion push had denied him “procedural fairness”.

Setka's party membership fight with Albanese is heading to court© Alex Ellinghausen Labor's national secretary Noah Carroll. Mr Albanese has insisted Mr Setka will be expelled from the party after he was convicted in the Magistrates Court last month of harassing his wife.

But before the conviction Mr Albanese had said Mr Setka’s behaviour had warranted expulsion, including comments he made about anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty. Mr Setka has vehemently denied denigrating Ms Batty.

In documents lodged in the Supreme Court, Mr Setka argues that expelling him from the party would diminish his union role and “devastate” him personally.

Albanese forced to backdown on Setka dump

Albanese forced to backdown on Setka dump Labor has agreed to delay a decision about whether to boot construction union boss John Setka from the party. Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese is expected to face questions after being forced to delay his plan to expel controversial union b Lawyers for Labor consented to delay Monday's planned meeting of the national executive at which the embattled CFMMEU boss was expected to get the boot. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.

Setka threatens Albanese with legal challenge. Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Skip to Labor leader Anthony Albanese is heading for a dramatic showdown with controversial union boss Mr Albanese insisted throughout Monday that Mr Setka could be expelled for bringing the party into Fighting on: CFMMEU Victorian secretary John Setka . Credit:AAP. "I think that John Setka over a

Mr Albanese said Mr Setka cited that court hearing as one of the reasons why he had not had enough time to prepare for the national executive meeting. The ALP national executive was expected to decide Mr Setka ' s future in the party when it meets on Friday.

In his affidavit Mr Setka said he may lose his position with the union if he lost his Labor membership.

“Losing the position of secretary would have a devastating impact on me, as I have dedicated my life to the union movement,” it said. “It would also affect me financially, because being the secretary is my sole source of income.”

He says the effort to eject him has not kept with Labor’s constitution.

Labor’s national secretary Noah Carroll is listed as the first defendant in the court documents, even though he is preparing to quit his job after the crushing election loss in May.

Earlier this month, Victorian Socialist Left unions convenor Dylan Wight wrote to the faction’s representatives on the national executive, calling for Mr Setka to be granted “natural justice”.

In the letter he said the matter should be dealt with through a “fair and robust process”.

“Everybody in our community, irrespective of their standing, is owed procedural fairness and we as a collective hope that will be the case in relation to this issue,” he said.

Some within Labor have argued for the spat to be settled by an internal disputes tribunal rather than a decree from the national executive.

Mr Setka has also resisted calls, most notably from Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus, that he resign.

Last month she met with Mr Setka and described their discussion as “long and frank”.

“I told him it is in the best interests of the union movement that he resigns,” she said in a statement.

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