NSW MP sacked on live radio: 'I haven’t heard back from her'

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NSW Labor frontbencher Tania Mihailuk has been sacked from the shadow cabinet on live radio over claims she used parliamentary privilege to launch an attack on a potential candidate.

Opposition leader Chris Minns appeared on 2GB radio on Friday morning where he concluded that Ms Mihailuk, who is the MP for Bankstown, "cannot stay in the shadow cabinet" and said her actions are"unacceptable".

In a parliamentary speech on Tuesday night, Ms Mihailuk accused Canterbury-Bankstown mayor Khal Asfour of being linked to corrupt former minister Eddie Obeid, it's been reported. A claim Mr Asfour has rejected.

Mr Asfour is set to be a candidate on Labor's senate ticket at the state election in March. But Ms Mihailuk suggested he was a "tainted" candidate and that it would be a disastrous outcome if he remained.

Opposition leader Chris Minns and NSW MP Tania Mihailuk
Opposition leader Chris Minns sacked NSW MP Tania Mihailuk from his shadow cabinet on 2GB radio on Friday morning. Source: AAP

When quizzed about her actions by radio host ben Fordham on Friday, Mr Minns said he "reluctantly" concluded that she was unable to keep her position.

"I’ve spoken to Tania Mihailuk and said that she cannot stay in the shadow cabinet and launch political attacks by parliamentary privilege," he said.

"I haven’t heard back from her … so I’ve come to the conclusion reluctantly that she can’t stay in the shadow cabinet."

Mr Minns said there "needs to be discipline in the shadow cabinet" and condemned her actions on Tuesday night.

"There are correct ways of presenting information about potential or alleged illegal conduct," he continued. "And using parliamentary privilege at 11.30 at night in the NSW parliament is not one of them."

Fordham pressed Mr Minns about his decision, asking "you’ve made the decision though she’s no longer part of shadow cabinet?"

"That’s correct," Mr `Minns responded.

Canterbury-Bankstown mayor Khal Asfour
Tania Mihailuk took aim at Canterbury-Bankstown mayor Khal Asfour (pictured) while addressing parliament on Tuesday night. Source: AAP

Claims made are 'outrageous and unsubstantiated'

During her speech on Tuesday night, Ms Mihailuk said she had "legitimate and longstanding concerns" about Mr Asfour's character and his "unprincipled actions in furthering the interests of developers and identities".

Mr Asfour has since rejected these claims, saying they are "outrageous and unsubstantiated".

"She has used parliamentary privilege to launch a cowardly attack on me and my family and I call on her to produce evidence of any wrongdoing to the relevant bodies," he said.

Mr Asfour was recently selected as a potential candidate for the Labor upper house ticket at the March election, one of five right-faction Labor hopefuls.

Ms Mihailuk is one of three southwest Sydney Labor MPs fighting over two seats in the lead-up to the election.

with AAP

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