5 Jul 2013

Abbott sees Labor cleanup as election fix

1:55 pm on 5 July 2013

Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says a plan by prime minister Kevin Rudd to intervene in the New South Wales ALP is an election fix.

The prime minister announced on Thursday the ALP national executive will control the state organisation of the party to root out corruption in its ranks. State secretary Sam Dastyari has 30 days to implement a number of reforms.

AAP reports accusations of corruption by two former ministers were heard at hearings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Mr Abbott said in Sydney on Friday Mr Rudd was "entirely oblivious" to the need for reform of the ALP in his previous time as prime minister.

"This is not a corruption cure, this is an election fix," Mr Abbott said.

"The last thing you should do is reward a corrupt party with three more years in government."