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Union boss John Setka forced out of the Labor party

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Controversial construction union boss John Setka is no longer a member of the Labor party following his withdrawal of a legal challenge.

Controversial construction union boss John Setka has been forced out of the Labor Party after he withdrew a legal challenge against his removal.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday Mr Setka had been involved in a range of activities which were in breach of the Victorian rules of the ALP and the party's values.

John Setka has withdrawn his legal challenge against his expulsion from the Labor party.
John Setka has withdrawn his legal challenge against his expulsion from the Labor party.
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Setka has been convicted of harassing his wife and was accused of criticising anti-domestic violence advocate Rosie Batty.

The party moved to expel him and the unionist fought that in the courts.

"John Setka contested that action in the courts and lost," Mr Albanese told reporters in Canberra.

"Mr Setka withdrew his appeal and therefore accepted the decision of the courts."

His party membership had already been suspended and Labor's national executive was poised to bar him at a meeting on Friday.

Mr Setka pre-empted that by submitting his resignation to the Victorian ALP on Wednesday, Mr Albanese said.

"It's a very satisfactory result in the interests of the Labor Party and, might I say, in the interests of trade union people everywhere," the leader said.

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