Greens leader Adam Bandt speaks to AFP about Lidia Thorpe’s unknown relationship with ex-bikie

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Adam Bandt’s office has confirmed the Greens leader has met with the Australian Federal Police to discuss Senator Lidia Thorpe’s unknown relationship with a former bikie boss.

Senator Thorpe admitted as much last month she briefly dated the former leader of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang in Victoria, Dean Martin, while also serving on Parliament’s Law Enforcement Committee.

She did not disclose this relationship to her party leader, despite warnings from her staff to do so.

Mr Bandt stripped Senator Thorpe of her leadership position in the party and committed to meeting with AFP on the matter, which his office has since confirmed he has done, although he could not reveal the content of that briefing.

Bandt sits alone on the representatives' benches and looks serious.
Adam Bandt confirmed he met with police in Senator Thorpe’s undisclosed circumstances.(ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Senator Thorpe also volunteered to be referred to Parliament’s powerful Privileges Committee, which looks into potential breaches of the Code of Conduct.

The Law Enforcement Committee sent a detailed response to the Senate Privileges Committee about a week ago to its own inquiries.

The ABC has been told the committee noted Senator Thorpe’s failure to declare a conflict of interest and detailed the hearings the Victorian senator attended, including with the AFP and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

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