Tasmanian Labor state secretary Stuart Benson has called on party president Ben McGregor to resign due to his ongoing threat of legal action over the handling of a sexual harassment investigation.
Mr Benson also clarified the status of the investigation after Mr McGregor earlier released a statement claiming it had been finalised without a finding of wrongdoing.
Mr Benson said the complainant withdrew the complaint after not wanting to pursue it under party policy, and that both parties declined an offer for professional conciliation.
"Even if it was to proceed that way, should any further legal proceedings be initiated by either side, any inquiry undertaken under the policy would have to be suspended during that period," he said.
"I now consider this investigation to be finalised."
Tasmanian Labor engaged employment law barrister Dr Andrew See to investigate a complaint made against Mr McGregor regarding two text messages he sent to a woman seven years ago. He stepped aside as party president for the investigation.
Mr McGregor resigned as the candidate for Clark, with leader Rebecca White describing him as not a "fit person to stand for election" and threatening to disendorse him beforehand, prompting a threat of defamation proceedings from Mr McGregor.
Mr McGregor said the investigation "made no findings of wrongdoing or sexual harassment" against him, and that he would continue to pursue legal action regarding the way in which the complaint was not kept confidential.
"The failure to keep the complaint confidential until an independent investigation had determined its merit has caused profound hurt and damage to me and my family and damaged my reputation and my career," he said.
"I am taking steps to address this legally.
"Given the legal process on foot, I will not be making any further comments at this time."
The complainant outlined the allegations against Mr McGregor in a statutory declaration to Mr Benson on April 4, which she then made public on April 11.
Due to the ongoing threat of legal action, Mr Benson said the party had no choice but to ask Mr McGregor to resign from his position.
"I do not think it appropriate to do that in the position of party president," Mr Benson said.
"I cannot see a tenable and working situation where the party president says he is now taking steps to address this issue legally - whether that be against individual members or senior members of the Labor Party.
"The State Parliamentary Labor Party has also passed a unanimous motion of no confidence in Mr McGregor."
Mr McGregor's resignation as Clark candidate was one of a series of candidacy problems for Labor ahead of the May state election, and was one day after Kingborough mayor Dean Winter was preselected for Franklin. Mr Winter's successful candidacy followed a factional brawl, and ultimately the intervention of the party nationally.
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