NSW Labor leader bails 3 months from next election

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has resigned.

He announced the decision, just three months before the state election, at NSW Labor’s Sussex Street headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.

It comes after revelations that Mr Robertson signed a letter for Lindt cafe gunman Man Haron Monis in 2011 – two years after the extremist was charged with sending offensive letters to the families of slain diggers.

The letter asked the Department of Families and Community Services to consider granting Monis access to see his children on Father’s Day.

The embattled MP said he came to the job in difficult circumstances and just wanted to “make a difference and serve the community”. 

“It has become clear to me that I’ve lost the support of some of my senior colleagues, and so as a lifelong Labor man I have decided to step aside as Labor leader,” Mr Robertson said.

“While I’ve received a number of messages of support from the Labor caucus it has become clear to me that I have lost the support of some of my senior colleagues,” Mr Robertson said.

“The next election is so important that Labor must be united behind the leader.”

Giving support to a man who so disrespected fallen soldiers shows he shouldn’t be a leader.

On the plus side he shows far more integrity than another politician caught in a similar support letter role that refused to resign. Thankfully the voters saw to the ending of his future.

 

– News.com.au


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