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AustraliaMoves to expel union boss John Setka from ALP put on hold awaiting court injunction decision

13:32  11 july  2019
13:32  11 july  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

John Setka saga set for new courtroom drama

John Setka saga set for new courtroom drama Union leader goes to court to challenge Anthony Albanese's ALP expulsion push.

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese's plan to boot controversial construction union secretary John Setka out of the Australian Labor Party is thwarted, for now.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says he wants John Setka , Victorian secretary of the CFMEU, out of the Labor Party after alleged comments about

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese's plan to expel controversial construction union boss John Setka from the Australian Labor Party next week has been thwarted in the Victorian Supreme Court.

Moves to expel union boss John Setka from ALP put on hold awaiting court injunction decision© AAP: Stefan Postles CFMEU secretary John Setka argues expulsion would damage his ability to do his job. The battle, which has been described by national branch as "disruptive and detrimental" to the Labor party, could drag on for months, and the matter may end up in the High Court.

This afternoon the ALP agreed to delay its plans while the Supreme Court considered an injunction request from Mr Setka, the CFMEU construction division secretary, to prevent his expulsion.

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.

Construction union boss John Setka says he will remain as the CFMEU's Victorian secretary as long as members want him there, describing reports he

Anthony Albanese’s vow to expel John Setka from the ALP next week is in tatters, after lawyers agreed the Counsel for Setka , Geoffrey Kennett SC, told the court the union boss ’s reputation would be harmed if he was expelled from the party in a decision that was later found to be unlawful.

Labor's national executive was due to meet on Monday to vote on the motion, and it was expected that Mr Setka would be kicked out of the ALP.

But Supreme Court Justice Peter Riordan said he would not be in a position to make a ruling in time for the July 15 meeting.

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Victorian supreme court dismisses Setka ’s attempt to prevent his expulsion from the ALP . If not appealed, the decision is likely to limit access to courts for members and candidates wishing to The move to expel Setka from Labor has sparked division within the union movement, with Australian

Union boss says he will mount a legal challenge against moves to expel him from Labor party.

Labor agreed to an undertaking to not act until the court made its decision.

Appearing for Mr Setka, Geoffrey Kennett SC argued the national executive did not have the power to expel Mr Setka because it was a matter for the state branch.

But Labor's counsel, Michael Borsky QC, said it was "unworkable" and "nonsensical" for a national political party to follow the rules of different state branches.

In an affidavit, Labor national secretary Noah Carroll argued the national executive was the supreme body of the ALP and so had the authority.

He also outlined how the negative media coverage of the dispute was doing harm to the party and painting a picture of a political party mired in internal disputes.

"This coverage is disruptive and determinantal to the ALP in a number of respects," he wrote.

Justice Riordan also noted that the parties were "at least considering the possibility" the issue may end up in the High Court.

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

Setka's party membership fight with Albanese is heading to court Controversial union boss John Setka will appear in court on Thursday as Socialist Left unions have rallied in his defence.

Sally McManus calls on union boss John Setka to apologise for reported Rosie Batty comments. He said on Twitter he strongly supported the CFMMEU, but Setka should “ put the movement and Setka ’s role as state secretary is elected, meaning it would be hard to remove him unless he stood

The union boss John Setka has filed for an urgent injunction to prevent his expulsion from the Labor party. In court documents Setka has pleaded for a motion by the Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, to be Albanese initially announced his intention to expel Setka from the party by citing reports in the

Last month Mr Setka was ordered to attend a behavioural change program and placed under a good behaviour order after pleading guilty to harassing his wife, Emma Walters, via text messages.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching a court order.

Mr Albanese's move to expel Mr Setka from the ALP has divided the wider labour movement, with a number of industrial unions backing Mr Setka.

Some have privately questioned why Mr Albanese took this course of action before the court case.

But several unions have backed calls for Mr Setka to stand down as secretary of the powerful CFMEU.

Mr Albanese moved to dump him from Labor ranks after allegations emerged that he denigrated anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty — a claim Mr Setka denies.

The Opposition Leader said the expulsion motion was due to the culminative effect of Mr Setka's conduct over a number of years on the ALP.

On news on Mr Setka's injunction proceedings last week, Mr Albanese said: "He won't be advocating as a member of the Labor party after July 15th."

This afternoon Mr Albanese's office declined to comment.

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