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Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne has announced he will resign from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in the wake of his evidence at the Victorian IBAC hearing.

Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne has announced he will resign from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in the wake of his evidence at the Victorian IBAC hearing.

The Member for Holt told the IBAC hearing earlier this week he was aware of the practice of branch-stacking taking place.

Mr Byrne confirmed his resignation this afternoon but said he would not be making further comment while proceedings are underway.

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"I have today offered my resignation as Deputy Chair and Committee member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to Anthony Albanese, the Leader of the Australian Labor Party. Mr Albanese has accepted my resignation from the Committee," Mr Byrne said.

"I will be resigning from the PJCIS today.

"The work of the PJCIS is crucial to Australia's national security and its integrity should never be questioned.

"I have always put the work of this bipartisan Committee first and have always served in its best interests."

Mr Byrne blew the whistle on branch-stacking in the Labor Party in Victoria after he was called to give evidence at the IBAC hearing.

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Labor MP Anthony Byrne.

"If people joined a branch, depending on how they joined, monies could then be sort of provided after those members joined," he said on Monday.

"More recently with central branch memberships, the same sort of thing.

"There would be, people would be joined, there would be some monies that would be provided by some source to fund those memberships."

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Mr Albanese confirmed he had received and accepted Mr Byrne's resignation.

He said he would recommend Senator Jenny McAllister be promoted to the deputy chair of the PJCIS and MP Peter Khalil be appointed a committee member.

"Senator McAllister and Mr Khalil will make outstanding contributions to this Committee," Mr Albanese said.

"These two members of parliament will continue Labor's tradition of strongly supporting the work of this Committee and the role it plays in our democracy."

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Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek.

The IBAC probe was launched after 60 Minutes and The Age alleged former state party powerbroker Adem Somyurek had directed taxpayer-funded staff members to help recruit non-genuine members into local Labor branches.

Mr Somyurek, who was sacked as a minister and forced out of the ALP, has denied any wrongdoing.

Branch-stacking is not illegal but is against party rules.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/labor-mp-anthony-byrne-to-resign-from-intelligence-committee/15965530-91bc-4483-9a4a-ba2f43b4649e

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