Embattled Victorian union boss John Setka will receive extra time to defend his actions as he faces expulsion from the Australian Labor Party.
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the construction union heavyweight wrote to Labor’s national executive on Friday seeking an extension.
The Opposition Leader wants the Victorian CFMEU leader to be kicked out of the party, arguing his behaviour is not consistent with Labor’s values.
Mr Setka was last week placed on a one-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to harassing his wife via text messages and breaching a court order.
Mr Albanese said Mr Setka cited that court hearing as one of the reasons why he had not had enough time to prepare for the national executive meeting.
Mr Albanese said the union boss would be given a 10-day extension to make his case, but he remained confident Labor’s national executive would expel him.
“If Mr Setka was a rugby league player, he would have been kicked out of his club over the revelations that have been made, he will be kicked out of the Australian Labor Party,” the Opposition Leader said.
The ALP national executive was expected to decide Mr Setka’s future in the party when it meets on Friday.
“He will be given every opportunity to put his argument before the party, as is appropriate but I am very confident that the national executive will agree with me that these values are not consistent with his remaining membership,” Mr Albanese said.
The national executive will now meet via teleconference on July 15 to decide Mr Setka’s membership.
He has faced calls from both sides of the political aisle and some within the union movement calling on him to resign from the CFMEU.
Mr Setka has refused those calls and said it was for the CFMEU’s membership to decide his future within the union.