Complaint against NSW Greens MP canned

A move from within the NSW Greens to have MP Jeremy Buckingham expelled from the party has been shot down.

Mr Buckingham was referred to the Greens' conflict resolution committee by members of the party after making comments about Senator Lee Rhiannon's opposition to party reform in an ABC Four Corners program in August.

Mr Buckingham claims the the complaint was lodged by two party members on behalf of Senator Rhiannon, which she denies.

Party convenor Debbie Gibson on Thursday said the complaint had been suspended and the committee set up to investigate it disbanded.

Ms Gibson also recommended an independent review of how the party deals with such complaints.

Lawyers for Mr Buckingham on Tuesday wrote to Ms Gibson calling for her to suspend or disband the committee.

The letter, seen by AAP, asked for a response from the convenor by Midday on Thursday so Mr Buckingham could consider whether to seek an injunction in the Supreme Court.

Following the decision to suspend the complaint, Mr Buckingham thanked his supporters in a social media post.

He said the party needed to ensure its own complaints process was never used to punish those who hold differing political views.

"As a grassroots party with a founding principle of peace and non-violence, political differences within the Greens should respected, discussed openly and ultimately decided democratically by members," Mr Buckingham said in the statement.

Australian Associated Press

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