Kiama MP Gareth Ward defends RSL chief Glenn Kolomeitz in parliament

 AT WAR: NSWL RSL chief executive officer Glenn Kolomeitz, who has been defended in the NSW Parliament by Kiama MP and former political rival Gareth Ward.
AT WAR: NSWL RSL chief executive officer Glenn Kolomeitz, who has been defended in the NSW Parliament by Kiama MP and former political rival Gareth Ward.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward has rushed to the defence of the man who stood against him in the 2015 NSW election, Glenn Kolomeitz.

Mr Ward moved a notice of motion in the NSW parliament outlining his support for Mr Kolomeitz, who as chief executive officer of the NSW RSL is in the midst of a feud with some of the organisation’s directors.

"I am today condemning those directors of the RSL who have attempted to remove Mr Kolomeitz from his position as CEO following a forensic audit of the organisation and introduction of greater transparency measures,” Mr Ward said.

"I have also called on the NSW government to implement changes so that NSW RSL must present its financial statements annually to Parliament, similar to the United Kingdom.”

Mr Ward said that Mr Kolomeitz had worked extremely hard in his role as CEO on behalf of veterans in the community and across the state.

"Glenn Kolomeitz is a true credit to our community, our region and our state," he said.

Mr Ward’s comment echo those of Independent Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie, who earlier this month accused RSL directors of bullying Mr Kolomeitz in the wake of the financial audit into their expenses.