NSW ALP leader denies 'letter of support'

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NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay has denied she provided a "letter of support" for a Sri Lankan man trying to get an Australian visa - despite his reported conviction for indecently assaulting a child.

The Tamil man was reportedly convicted in 2017 and served 12 months in jail before being taken to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre to await a decision about his application for a protection visa.

Ms McKay agrees she provided a letter related to his application that was included in documents tabled to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal looking at his case.

But in a statement late on Monday, the opposition leader said the letter signed by her on August 27, 2018, had been "incorrectly characterised in public exhibits as a 'letter of support'".

"I categorically deny the suggestion I provided a letter of support to the individual in question.

"I did not advocate on the individual's behalf, nor did I express any support for his case.

She says her electorate office only passed on documentation from a constituent to the tribunal.

"Typically. that's a form letter that you have in an electorate office that indicates there are documents attached," she told Sydney Radio 2GB on Tuesday.

"Those documents are from the Catholic Church, the Uniting Church and Hillsong.

"To suggest that I in any way wrote a letter supporting this individual is factually incorrect."

Ms McKay also said she had written to the tribunal "identifying this error and requesting clarification of the public record".

The man's visa application was reportedly refused because he did not pass the character test.