Judge grants Labor MP a delay before branch stacking hearing

Labor MP Marlene Kairouz has been granted a court injunction delaying an investigation by the ALP into branch stacking allegations against her.

Ms Kairouz last year resigned from cabinet after The Age revealed allegations of widespread branch stacking within Victorian Labor, which prompted Premier Daniel Andrews to ask the party’s national executive to oversee all state preselections.

Marlene Kairouz.Credit:Eddie Jim

Ms Kairouz and fellow ministers Adem Somyurek and Robin Scott all resigned from the cabinet after they were allegedly involved in the largest branch stacking scandal to engulf the ALP.

Ms Kairouz has been charged by Labor with branch stacking offences. The former minister denies the allegations.

She launched legal action against Labor last month and claimed she was unfairly pursued by the party in referring her to the internal disputes tribunal.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Timothy Ginnane ruled in her favour and granted an injunction, which prevents Labor from hearing her charges until the court considers the matter and examines more evidence in detail.

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