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Setka booted: Union boss kicked out of the Labor party

Controversial union official John Setka has been removed as a member of the Labor party

The Victorian CFMMEU chief had been planning to appeal the decision, but will no longer pursue the issue.

Mr Setka has been under pressure since making controversial comments about domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

He was also found guilty of harassing his own wife.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says he’s glad Mr Setka has left the party.

“It’s been important that we demonstrate that Labor’s values as a party are greater than any individual, and that we’re prepared to stand up for those values,” Mr Albanese said.

“I think that this is a good outcome.”

Political Editor Michael Pachi tells Ben Fordham Mr Setka has come out and said he quit the party.

β€œHe says ‘I was a member of the Labor party for 15 years but I really don’t like what Anthony Albanese is doing to the party’.

“He also says in this statement that Anthony Albanese’s push to oust him out of the Labor Party was based on a lie.”

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