Text messages written by federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne have reportedly been released by disgraced party powerbroker Adem Somyurek, after the backbencher agreed to cooperate with corruption investigators.
The Age and Sydney Morning Herald have sighted private text messages in which Bryne calls former colleague Sam Dastyari a “crooked, corrupt [expletive],“ a female MP a “drunk” and an unnamed female Labor activist a “rat[expletive].”
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and retired federal MPs Michael Danby and Alan Griffin are also subject to criticism in the text messages.
Byrne told the newspapers Somyurek had “selectively released a hand-picked selection of my text messages” as political payback after he contacted authorities told them he would assist with corruption investigations.
An investigation by The Age and 60 Minutes, which claimed the scalps of Somyurek and two allies, involved secret recordings in Byrnes Melbourne electorate office in Cranbourne West.
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There are fears his office could have been bugged.
The potential problem is more acute given Byrnes position on federal parliaments powerful intelligence committee.
“In respect of the misinformation circulating, I want to make clear that I take the matters raised recently seriously and have been in touch with authorities to offer my full assistance,” Byrne told AAP.
“I welcome investigations into corruption, which has no place in the party I love.
“Because I do not want to cross over or impede any investigations that may be occurring, Im unable to comment further at this point in time.”
Attorney-General Christian Porter described the installation of a recording device with an MPs office as a serious concern.
Porter questioned why Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese had not questioned his backbencher about it.
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