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John Setka given more time to press Labor case

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Union boss John Setka will have an extra 10 days to prepare his case for remaining a member of the Labor Party after requesting more time.

Controversial union boss John Setka has been given more time to mount his case to remain a member of the Labor Party.

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese wants the construction kingpin's membership torn up, arguing Mr Setka has not lived up to the party's values.

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The union boss was due to have his case heard at a Labor national executive meeting on Friday.

But after writing to the party's national secretary, he has been given an extra 10 days to prepare his case.

"He was tied up in dealing with the matters that were before the courts last week," Mr Albanese told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

Despite the extra time, Mr Albanese remains confident Mr Setka will be expelled from the Labor Party.

"It is a fact that Mr Setka pleaded guilty to very serious charges of harassment," he said.

"If Mr Setka was a rugby league player, he would have been kicked out of his club over the revelations that have been made."

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Mr Setka rejects accusations he has damaged the Labor Party.

In a letter to the party's national secretary, he raised five procedural questions about the push to expel him.

"Without proper answers to these questions, it's wrong to force me to respond to such unclear allegations, and under a process that is completely unclear," Mr Setka said.

The push for expulsion emerged after Mr Setka reportedly made comments criticising anti-domestic campaigner Rosie Batty, a claim he denies.

Last week, Mr Setka was also convicted for harassing his wife.

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