For the first time in 15 years controversial union boss John Setka is not a member of the Labor Party. After withdrawing a legal challenge that had temporarily prevented his expulsion, Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese claimed he had kicked Mr Setka out.
But the leader of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union rejected Mr Albanese’s claim, saying that he decided to leave the party because “I can no longer stand by and watch Anthony Albanese trash the traditional values of the Labor Party and the union movement.”
The Labor party had sought to remove the union boss back in June after he refused to take back damaging comments he made about Domestic Violence campaigner Rosie Batty.
Mr Setka’s resignation prevents the Labor party from formally expelling him which it was set to do at a meeting of the National Executive scheduled for this Friday.