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 Albanese: the mouse that tried to roar

12.07.19. Morning Mail’s SP bookie shop is holding several large wagers indicating that Mr Albanese’s roaring about expelling CFMEU unionist John Setka has come down to a rather feeble squeak now awaiting a court injunction decision. It was always going to be that Setka had dug in for one hell of a showdown. Ladies and gentlemen and other assorted agendas, place your bets!
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. 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.

Source: ABC

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

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’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.
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.
Who is John Setka?
He is arguably the most famous union official in the country, and yet John Setka’s refusal to step down from his role is creating woes for federal Labor and the broader union movement.
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 detrimental 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.
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.

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Botswana O'Hooligan 12/07/2019, 7:56 am

    Were the boot on the other hoof our Albo would have met with an unfortunate accident long before this.

    • Thunder 13/07/2019, 6:12 am

      Albo is lucky not to be encased in the foundations of some building site long ago.
      The fact that his is some sort of Bridle and should not be in the Parliament along with half of the Greens/ALP/Union Crims.
      If they can attack the LNP over citizenship……WHY does the LNP not FIGHT back…..
      Get rid of the ALP/Greens in one fell swoop……..WHY NOT ??

  • bushwanker 12/07/2019, 8:39 am

    Even though I hate unions & everything they stand for, my money is on Setka.

    • Penguinite 12/07/2019, 8:46 am

      I’ll be amazed if Setka survives, long term! He may be able to frustrate matters but eventually the Rules will rule. After all Folau was sacked for bringing Rugby into disrepute surely the same applies to Setka?

    • Biking Voter 12/07/2019, 9:00 am

      Bushy, they don’t stand for anything, they are a cancer.

  • Tamworth 12/07/2019, 8:54 am

    His leadership qualifications are in serious doubt, likewise his judgement. What on earth made him pick a fight with the ugliest, most powerful trade unionists in Australia and one which has raised Millions of dollars for the ALP?
    Not only that but he picked it on a stupid feminist issue which never on in the first place, and was forced on to back down and say it was for something else that Setka did.

    • JD 12/07/2019, 1:01 pm

      Sekta and Walters have an at times stormy marriage, in part (likely a very large part) fuelled by alcohol.
      There has not been any evidence of physical violence.
      Walters is a lawyer, not some dependent shrinking violet.
      They have kissed and made up, and Walters was hand-in-hand with him at court.
      I believe that on reconciliation the charges should have been able to be withdrawn on Walters’ request (specifically because they are married and reconciled) – I have an old cricketing team mate who became a cop (he DNA swabbed me after a young neighbour was murdered, so we met up again) and mutual acquaintances tell me they go at it hammer and tongs (again alcohol-fuelled), and 40 years later are still at it, and still together.

      One of the oft-cited “abusive texts” he sent was “you turned into a drunken moron” – a perfectly reasonable description of someone who drove with a BAC of 0.28 with their children in the car.

  • Peter Sandery 12/07/2019, 9:24 am

    Perhaps it’s my age but would it really take all that time for a Judge to decide on this issue?

  • Lorraine 12/07/2019, 9:49 am

    The Court is the Victorian Court, the most socialist in the Land. Dan the man is owned by CFMMEU….This is not just about Head Office Labor. Elmer Fudd made a silly call. Sally the McManus made a silly call. This man Setka rules the building Industries and others.

    • Neville 12/07/2019, 9:31 pm

      “Elmer Fudd” – LOL
      Though, I did sorta think Elbosleazy was more like Mr Magoo.

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