At the next meeting of the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party on July 5 I will move for the expulsion of John Setka for bringing the party into disrepute.
I have requested the National Executive Committee of the ALP meet today to immediately suspend Mr Setka’s membership.
I make clear this action is unrelated to Mr Setka’s recently reported admissions of harassment of a woman or any other matter that is yet to be determined by ongoing court proceedings.
My action is based on a range of actions by Mr Setka, including his recent disparaging comments about family violence campaigner Rosie Batty.
These comments are completely incompatible with the values of the Labor Party and the broader labour movement.
The party that I lead stands against the scourge of family violence and strongly supports Ms Batty’s campaigning on this important issue.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.