Anthony Albanese Supports Labor MP to Remain as Deputy Chair of Intelligence and Security Committee Amid Branch Stacking Probe

National Labor leader Anthony Albanese has endorsed Anthony Byrne to remain as deputy chair of federal parliaments intelligence and security committee after the prime minister said he would take Albanese recommendations on the matter.

This has come after Adem Somyurek—the man at the center of the branch stacking and corruption scandal—entangled Byrne, his mentor and friend, by releasing a selection of foul-worded text messages exchanged by the pair to the media.

In response, Byrne accused Somyurek of “cherry-picking” the texts, News Corps The Australian reported.

Byrne said: “Somyurek has selectively released a hand-picked selection of my text messages to him sent over two years just hours after I made a public statement that I had contacted authorities and would assist with their corruption investigations into him, he said.

“That speaks for itself,” he added.

During a doorstop press conference on June 18, Adem Somyurek told 9News: “Anthony Byrne is someone that I respect, who taught me everything about branch work. I have a lot of respect for the man.”

On June 18, Albanese said he had sought and received assurance that Byrne has “acted legally at all times.”

The Text Messages

News Corps The Australian newspaper published the contents of the texts on June 18, which had been released by Somyurek to The Age the day before, after Byrne publicly supported the investigation into Somyureks actions.

Spanning over two years, the selection of texts contained disparaging comments about fellow Labor Party colleagues.

In the texts, Byrne wrote about wanting to urinate on the beheaded corpse of a former Labor Party MP and called former Labor Senator Sam Dastyari “crooked and corrupt.”

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Byrne also accused an unnamed female Labor staffer of playing dirty politics and threatened the expose her via one of ABC Four Corners well-known in-depth investigative programs on China—which he referred to as their “hatchet job” on China.

The ABC reported Labor leader Anthony Albanese as saying: “The comments that are published today from Mr Byrne are completely unacceptable and inappropriate and Ive counselled Mr Byrne about his language and the inappropriateness of those comments.”

Byrne Is Strongly Critical of Chinese Communist Party

Byrne is a high profile figure in the Australian Labor Party who is strongly critical of Chinas recent behaviour.

He currently holds the position of deputy chair and has been a long-serving member of the parliamentary intelligence and security committee.

On April 9, amid the height of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic (commonly known as novel coronavirus), Byrne explained on Twitter that he and West Australian MP Andrew Hastie, who chairs the committee, was concerned about Australias relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.

Thanks @RitaPanahi . Its great working with Andrew on what needs to be a fundamental rebalancing of our supply chains and our relationship with the CCP post COVID19.

— Anthony Byrne (@AnthonyByrne_MP) April 9, 2020

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