NSW Labor MP Tania Mihailuk has been sacked from the shadow ministry after using parliamentary privilege to launch a stinging attack on a potential candidate.
- In a speech to NSW parliament, Ms Mihailuk said Mr Asfour was a “tainted” candidate
- Mr Asfour challenged Ms Mihailuk to produce evidence backing her allegations
- Chris Minns said it was unacceptable for Ms Mihailuk to use parliamentary privilege to attack a colleague
Opposition Leader Chris Minns confirmed he had removed Ms Mihailuk from his shadow cabinet, saying her attack was unacceptable.
Ms Mihailuk this week used parliamentary privilege to link Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour to disgraced former Labor minister Eddie Obeid.
Mr Asfour is set to be a candidate on Labor’s senate ticket at the state election in March.
In a speech to the legislative assembly on Tuesday, Ms Mihailuk suggested Mr Asfour was a “tainted” candidate and described how Mr Obeid attended Mr Asfour’s wedding and gave him a generous gift.
“I raise my legitimate and longstanding concerns regarding Asfour’s character and his unprincipled actions in furthering the interests of developers and identities, in particular Eddie Obeid,” Ms Mihailuk said under parliamentary privilege.
Mr Asfour has rejected Ms Mihailuk’s claims, saying they are “outrageous and unsubstantiated”.
“She has used parliamentary privilege to launch a cowardly attack on me and my family and I call on her to produce evidence of any wrongdoing to the relevant bodies,” he said.
Mr Minns this morning said it was unacceptable for Ms Mihailuk to use parliamentary privilege to make political attacks against members of her own party.
While Mr Asfour has been picked to run in March, he must first be endorsed at the state Labor Party conference next month.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said Mr Minns’s actions showed the ALP was prepared to silence people who “stand up” to reveal alleged corrupt behaviour within the party.
“This is exactly the type of behaviour that allowed (former MP) Eddie Obeid to flourish,” he said.
“Silencing strong women who are standing up and speaking out in relation to alleged corruption in the NSW Labor party should not be tolerated.”