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AustraliaAlbanese forced to backdown on Setka dump

00:21  12 july  2019
00:21  12 july  2019 Source:

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.

John Setka is under fire over his controversial comments about Rosie Batty.

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Albanese forced to backdown on Setka dump© AAP Images 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 boss John Setka from the party.

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.

Victorian Supreme Court Justice Peter Riordan is considering the legality of Labor's proposed expulsion after Mr Setka filed an urgent injunction to save his membership.

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Mr Albanese declined to comment after yesterday's court hearing, during which the judge said it was inappropriate for Labor to make a decision on Mr Setka's future until after his legal ruling.

Labor MP Anne Aly towed the party line.

"We should have expected that John Setka wasn't going to go so easily," she told Sky News.

"Anthony Albanese was very decisive on this matter and I think Labor should be able to expel people who do not uphold the values that Labor espouses.

"If you can't take a fight in upholding your values what else is there? I don't know how this is going to end ... but I do hope for a resolution sooner rather than later."

The opposition leader has insisted the union boss will not remain a party member, arguing he does not live up to Labor values after admitting to crimes including harassing his wife.

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

They called on Albanese to call for a repeal of a bill that allows radioactive waste dumps in the Northern Territory. The protest marked four years since former PM John Howard announced a radioactive waste dump would be built in the NT, against the wishes of traditional owners.

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. 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

But Mr Setka argued the expulsion should be blocked for reasons including that it would stop him being an effective advocate for the union and its members.

Mr Setka and Labor also disagree about what power the national executive had to expel a Victorian member.

Mr Setka was last month convicted for harassing his wife and is also accused of saying the work of anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty meant men had fewer rights. He denies making the comments.

He has filed proceedings against Labor's outgoing national secretary, Noah Carroll, Mr Albanese and voting members of the national executive.

Labor claims that having Mr Setka remain a member damaged the party's reputation.

Justice Riordan has reserved his decision and the matter is due back in court at a later date.

Fight bad behaviour by bosses and unions.
Whatever the merits of the proposed industrial relations legislation, if the government is fair dinkum about improving workplace culture, it should look hard at the cases that keep coming to light of equally worrying behaviour by employers. The Herald this week has reported on the Escarpment Group, operator of hotels including the Hydro Majestic in the Blue Mountains, which brought foreigners to work as interns in Australia on short-term visas.

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