NSW Labor MP Stands Aside After Report

NSW Labor MP Julia Finn has stood aside from shadow cabinet after she was referenced in a report into branch stacking in western Sydney, but she maintains her innocence.

The report suggests seven party members engaged in unworthy conduct, and evidence had been found that meeting records were falsified at several branches, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Finn was alleged to have breached party rules, but no action was recommended against her following an investigation by former Queensland Labor secretary Evan Moorhead.

#BREAKING: Julia Finn will stand aside from the shadow ministry over allegations of branch stacking within her Sydney electorate.https://t.co/zHR0r6RM8D

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The Granville MP and opposition spokeswoman for consumer protection and carers rejected any wrongdoing on Friday, when she announced she would stand aside from shadow cabinet.

Finn said she had asked NSW Labors internal tribunal to “urgently consider matters raised about me in an anonymous dossier and in the Moorhead independent review.”

She said the Moorhead report had found no wrongdoing.

NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay accepted Finns explanation regarding a reference in the report, which was handed down in March, but has not been made public.

“Julia Finn maintains she has not breached any rules, and she is entitled to have her name cleared,” McKay said in a statement on Friday.

“Her decision today to stand aside, and her request to have the matter fully examined by Labors Independent Appeals Tribunal as soon as possible, gives her an opportunity to do this.”

Finn in a previous statement said the investigation considered an ALP branch meetRead More – Source