NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns fires MP Tania Mihailuk over failure to comply with parliamentary privilege ‘conditions’

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New South Wales Opposition Leader Chris Minns has sacked Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk for failing to comply with his conditions for raising information about potential illegal conduct under parliamentary privilege.

Mihailuk used parliamentary privilege on Tuesday night to claim Canterbury-Bankstown mayor Kahl Asfour was “tainted” and in cahoots with corrupt former minister Eddie Obeid.

The NSW Labor leader said 2GB Host Ben Fordham he had told Ms Mihailuk if she refused to follow the guidelines she would be fired.

“I have spoken to Tania Mihailuk and Kahl Asfour, the mayor of Bankstown, it is really important to note that he has rejected these calls, he says they are untrue, he has launched an investigation,” he said on Friday morning .

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“I have also spoken to Tania Mihailuk and said she cannot stay in the shadow cabinet and launch political attacks with parliamentary privilege.”

Minns added that he had received no response from the rogue MP indicating she would comply.

“I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that she cannot stay in the shadow cabinet and abide by the conditions which are obviously important, parliamentary privilege cannot be used to launch political attacks on what must be a fair process,” he said. .

“Under the circumstances, she cannot stay if she cannot accept these terms, and it appears that she cannot accept these terms.”

Mr Mihailuk claimed on Tuesday night that Mr Asfour had a relationship with Mr Obeid and raised his concerns about him being put forward on Labour’s Legislative Council ticket.

“Tonight I am raising my legitimate and long-standing concerns about Asfour’s character and his unprincipled actions to further the interests of developers and identities,” she said.

“Eddie Obeid in particular, who attended his wedding and graced him with a generous gift, which Asfour bragged about at the time, and remained steadfastly committed to ensuring that Asfour would be mayor throughout the period of land redevelopment in Bankstown.”

The Labor leader said Ms Mihailuk could not “launch repeated political attacks without substantiated documents using parliamentary privilege” because it did not give Mr Asfour due process or the opportunity to pursue legal action.

After announcing the firing on live radio, Mr Minns addressed the media later on Friday morning to answer questions and explain further details.

Minns claimed he had given Ms Mihailuk “every opportunity to raise her concerns” through official channels, but he had still not received a response, meaning he had no alternative.

“I said, is there any more information that could substantiate what are quite extraordinary claims against the Labor Party’s potential candidate and an elected member of the council, Canterbury-Bankstown Council. No information was given at that meeting,” said he to the medium.

“I said well, since you’ve already launched the speech, I think a fair solution would be that you can stay in the shadow cabinet, provided that if you have information, you go through official channels to bring that information to light. “

Ms Mihailuk was spoken to the day after she gave the speech, including the allegations – which had never been raised before the speech – and Mr Minns asked if there was more information to back up the allegations, but no further details were given at the meeting.

The opposition leader said he then followed up twice on Thursday by texting and calling with no response and again on Friday morning via text and a phone call, but there was no response.

Ms Mihailuk was contacted by SkyNews.com.au but no response was received at the time of publication.

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