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Ben Fordham says Labor picked wrong moment to try expel John Setka

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Union boss John Setka is refusing to step down after he allegedly made disgraceful comments about Rosie Batty.

On Monday, Labor leader Anthony Albanese called for the removal of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) secretary from the Labor Party, calling his behaviour “completely unacceptable”.

Mr Setka reportedly attacked Ms Batty, the 2015 Australian of the Year, saying her anti-domestic violence advocacy harms men’s rights.

ACTU’s Sally Mcmanus has told John Setka “it’s in the best interest of the union movement” for him to resign.

Mr Setka is currently before the Victorian courts on charges of harassing a woman.

But Ben Fordham says the Labor Party has picked the wrong moment to try to expel Mr Setka.

“No one’s really sure what John Setka said that day, or that night, about Rosie Batty.

“You have this ridiculous scenario where there are endless chunks of evidence that would lead common sense people to the conclusion that John Setka does not belong to a position of power.

“But instead of jumping on those issues, and there are many of them, they pick the one thing that’s got no evidence to back it up.”

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