Embattled Labor MP Anthony Byrne resigns from powerful committee amid Victorian inquiry

Embattled Labor MP Anthony Byrne has resigned from a powerful parliamentary committee but has resisted calls to leave parliament, following his appearance at a Victorian anti-corruption inquiry.

Mr Byrne has admitted to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission that he had engaged in branch stacking – paying for ALP memberships on behalf of others – and used taxpayer-funded parliamentary staff to create fake branch members.

The revelations have prompted some senior members of the federal government to call for Mr Byrne to step down.

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