Albanese distances himself from CFMMEU’s John Setka

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has said he has “no relationship” with controversial construction union boss John Setka, who remains a member of the Labor Party despite indicating he would plead guilty to a criminal charge of harassing a woman.

Mr Setka, secretary of the Victorian branch of the powerful Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, said last month that he would plead guilty to using a carriage service to harass the woman in an alleged incident last year. He has taken personal leave but remains the union’s Victorian secretary.

Anthony Albanese in Sydney’s Burwood on Saturday.Credit:AAP

Police analysis of Mr Setka’s phone activity revealed that on a single evening last October, he called the woman 25 times and sent her 45 text messages, calling her a “weak f—en piece of shit” and a “treacherous Aussie f—en c—” and a “f—en dog”, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reported on Saturday.

Mr Setka also allegedly told a meeting of his union’s national executive this week that the work of anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty had led to men having few rights, but he said his comments had been taken out of context and he had great respect for Ms Batty.


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