NATIONALS MP Andrew Broad has resigned as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, after New Idea Magazine published allegations Mr Broad used a website to meet women while he was away on work
In a statement released earlier today, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals Michael McCormack has accepted Andrew Broad’s resignation as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.
He stressed the matter may also be subject to future investigation and as such, any further media comment on any details would not be appropriate.
“Mr McCormack said due to the nature of the allegations made, it is appropriate for Mr Broad to resign as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister,” a statement released by his office said.
The various reports across the media spectrun are not suggesting the allegations are true only that they have been made.
Mr McCormack also stressed the matter may also be subject to future
investigation and further media comment on such detail is not appropriate.
“Mr McCormack said Mr Broad will continue as an effective and hardworking Member for Mallee, a role he has capably held since 2011,” the statement said.
Nationals leader Michael McCormack told reporters that he had been informed about the allegations about two weeks ago and there was now a Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation into the matter.
Mr Broad had only been in his position as assistant minister since September.
Mr McCormack thanked the Federal Member for Mallee for his services to the Ministry.
A replacement for Mr Broad will be made and announced in due course.
Mr Broad was first elected to Parliament in 2014 as
the Member for Mallee, continuing the uninterrupted
64 year hold on the seat by the National Party.
Mr Broad released a statement this week saying he will not stand in the next election.
Statement from Andrew Broad
Today I have informed the President of the Victorian Division of The Nationals that I am withdrawing my nomination to contest the Division of Mallee at the next Federal Election.
After recent media stories about my private life, it is clear that the people of Mallee will be best served in the next Parliament by a different Nationals candidate.
I want to acknowledge and thank my family, my staff, Nationals members and the community for their support of me.
I have done my best and at times we have achieved good things, but I have also let them down.
I have given 10 years of my life to serving regional Australia, first as the Vice President and
President of the Victorian Farmers Federation and then as the Federal Member for Mallee.
I hold a deep love for regional Australia.
I am blessed to have represented the Mallee region of Victoria, and I am proud of what we have delivered together.
I will continue to work tirelessly for my community as their local MP until the next election.