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​Luke 'Failure' Foley must stand down Shadow Minister Guy Zangari

Published date: Friday, 23 March 2018

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley has shown himself to be as soft on alleged misconduct as the Labor leaders who turned a blind eye to Eddie Obeid, Ian MacDonald and Joe Tripodi.

Mr Foley has refused to stand aside Labor MP Guy Zangari, who is accused of branch stacking in Fairfield.

It follows a statutory declaration from a Labor member who “felt pressure from Guy Zangari” to sign a Fairfield Branch attendance book for a meeting held in December 2015. The member said he had not attended the meeting.

When questioned by a reporter about the branch stacking allegation, Mr Foley responded: “These things happen from time to time when there is contested pre-selection.”

Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said Mr Foley's failure to act on the alleged misconduct was disappointing but was also trademark NSW Labor.

It shows Mr Foley is unfit to lead a political party, and Labor remains unfit to govern.

“Mr Foley's failure to stand Mr Zangari aside has once again shown a deep failure of leadership," Mr Elliott said.

"He has also failed to stand aside the Member for Prospect Hugh McDermott who is accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer.

"For how much longer must the people of Fairfield and Prospect suffer?"