Federal Labor sack Tas state president

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Labor's national executive has sacked the party's Tasmanian president and deferred its annual state conference in the latest saga to hit the state opposition.

The state party, which has been marred by sexual harassment allegations and infighting, was set to hold the event in Hobart on the weekend of October 30.

"The national executive has ... met and has resolved the number one priority of the Tasmanian branch is the upcoming federal election," state secretary Stuart Benson said in a statement on Tuesday.

"For this reason, the ALP national executive resolved to defer the Tasmanian ALP state conference until after the next federal election."

The national executive also removed state party president Ben McGregor, who was recently the subject of a sexual harassment investigation he says cleared him of wrongdoing.

Mr Benson, however, claimed the inquiry into allegations Mr McGregor sent inappropriate text messages to a woman found the complaint did not fall within party policy.

Mr Benson in September called on Mr McGregor to resign after he flagged legal action against members of the party for the way the investigation was handled.

"I am particularly distressed that the national executive acted unilaterally to remove me," Mr McGregor said.

"This is very distressing and disappointing for me. I have worked hard for the party for many years, striving to give a voice to grassroots members."

Mr McGregor had intended to run as a candidate at the Tasmanian election earlier this year but was forced to pull out of the race after the allegations became public.

Mr Benson said the state conference was postponed because the number one priority was to elect a federal Labor government.

The federal poll must be held by May 21, with March considered by pundits as the month most likely.

The swing seats of Bass and Braddon, which are both held by the Liberals, in Tasmania's north and northwest loom as key battlegrounds.

Labor lost a third straight Tasmanian poll in May and has since changed leaders twice.

Rebecca White was reappointed to the leadership position after sexual harassment allegations were levelled at her replacement David O'Byrne.

Mr O'Byrne was accused of harassing a junior staffer when he worked for the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union in 2007 and 2008.

He denied the allegations and an internal investigation found his behaviour was inappropriate but did not amount to sexual harassment or victimisation under party policy.

He is continuing to serve in parliament despite Ms White calling on him to quit.

First-term upper house member Bastian Seidel announced in August he was quitting Labor, citing a "toxic environment" and "constant" leaks to media.

The Health and Community Services Union recently announced it had disaffiliated from the state party.

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