Anthony Albanese to push for John Setka’s expulsion from ALP over Rosie Batty comments

Labor leader Anthony Albanese will move for controversial union boss John Setka’s removal from the Australian Labor Party over recent comments about anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

“I have written to the secretary of the Labor party, Noah Carroll, advising him that at the next meeting of the national executive I will move for John Setka’s expulsion from the Australian Labor Party,” Mr Albanese said on Tuesday.

Anthony Albanese will seek Victorian construction union boss John Setka’s expulsion from the ALP for disparaging family violence campaigner Rosie Batty. Credit:AAP, Joe Armao

“I don’t want him in our party. It’s that simple.”

Pressure has been mounting on Mr Setka, the secretary of the Victorian branch of the powerful Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, to resign since it was reported he told a union meeting that Ms Batty’s work had led to men having fewer rights.

Mr Setka has previously said his comments about Ms Batty did not amount to an attack on her and those claiming otherwise had taken him out of context or were being mischievous.

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