Federal Labor MP who helped branch stacking investigation quits intelligence committee role

Federal Labor MP who helped branch stacking investigation quits intelligence committee role

10/14/2021

Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne has quit as deputy chair of Parliament’s powerful intelligence and security committee amid scrutiny over his admission of branch stacking during an anti-corruption inquiry.

Mr Byrne, the member for Holt, told Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission earlier this week he had paid for other people’s party memberships as he turned whistleblower on what he described as a larger scheme of branch stacking led by former powerbroker Adem Somyurek.

Labor MP Anthony Byrne has quit the powerful federal intelligence and security committee.Credit:Alex Eddinghausen

On Thursday afternoon, he resigned from the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, saying its work was crucial to Australia’s national security and “its integrity should never be questioned”.

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