Former Labor MP The party has confirmed that a man left the party before concluding an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Kelvin Hopkins was charged in 2017 with inappropriate physical contact and was suspended by Labor pending trial.
Former Loudon North MP He continued to sit as an independent until last year’s general election, when he wanted to step down from the General Assembly after 22 years of life. The main Euroceptic has denied the allegations against him, citing his wife’s health as a reason to stand down.
A party spokesman said: “Labor takes all complaints of sexual harassment very seriously, and they are fully investigated in accordance with our rules and procedures and appropriate disciplinary action is taken.
We are disappointed that the party’s disciplinary action has not come to an end as Kelvin Hopkins has decided to resign his membership.
“We are establishing an independent process to investigate complaints, including sexual harassment, so that complainants can be heard as they come forward and trust that they will receive the justice they need.”
Labor activist Ava Edemazade, who accused Hopkins of having inappropriate physical contact, tweeted on Friday: “I learned that former Labor MP, Kelvin Hopkins, had resigned from Labor two weeks before the trial was to take place again (the first hearing was August 2019).
“It simply came to our notice then. I believe [Labour leader] Khair Stormer listens to my concerns and fixes this broken system. ”