Labor powerbroker suspended over electoral roll charge

LABOR in New South Wales has suspended former general secretary Jamie Clements as he faces charges for allegedly improperly accessing the electoral roll.

A closed meeting of party officials put Mr Clements' membership on ice after it emerged the NSW Electoral Commission had laid two charges against him.

Mr Clements is accused of disclosing protected information and using enrolment information for a prohibited purpose.

The allegations first went public late last year.

He resigned as Labor's general secretary in January after facing sexual harassment allegations, which he denied, but he retained his party membership.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten commented only briefly on the situation.

"It's a matter of record I have said some harsh things about Mr Clements in the past, but the matter is now before the courts and I'm going to let that take its course," he told reporters.

Topics:  electoral commission labor nsw labor suspension

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