Aus­tralian leader re­placed af­ter ha­rass­ment claims


The leader of the op­po­si­tion in Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lous state was re­placed yes­ter­day af­ter he re­signed over a #MeToo row sparked by al­leged in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour. For­mer New South Wales (NSW) state Labour party leader Luke Fo­ley re­signed on Thurs­day af­ter be­ing ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing an ABC jour­nal­ist, four months be­fore a state elec­tion he had been in a po­si­tion to win. Fo­ley de­nies the al­le­ga­tions and said he has hired lawyers to sue for defama­tion over the claims. NSW Labour deputy leader Michael Da­ley de­feated op­po­si­tion spokesman Chris Minns to win the va­cant lead­er­ship in a cau­cus meet­ing yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. He promised to build his govern­ment on four pil­lars: in­vest­ing in schools and hospi­tals, low­er­ing the cost of liv­ing and low­er­ing en­ergy bills. “We will make Syd­ney more live­able, and stop the un­fair­ness and overde­vel­op­ment in the plan­ning sys­tem,” he told re­porters in Syd­ney. Da­ley also said his party would re-task $2.2bn ear­marked by the state’s con­ser­va­tive Lib­eral govern­ment to up­grade sport­ing sta­di­ums to in­stead train young peo­ple for em­ploy­ment. (Reuters)

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