LNP MP Peter Dowling stands down in sexting scandal
The Queensland MP caught in a sexting scandal has stepped aside as the chair of the parliamentary ethics committee, saying he ''''can''t and won''t'''' defend his behaviour.
The Liberal National Party Member for Redlands Peter Dowling apologised to his wife, children, family and friends for ''''the shame and embarrassment I have caused you'''' and pleaded for their privacy.
News Limited reported Mr Dowling, who has been married for 27 years and has two children, had sent a series of explicit text messages and images including a picture of his penis in a glass of red wine to his mistress during their two Testoviron 250 O Sustanon 250 and a half year affair.
Mr Dowling has been accused of taking advantage of parliamentary travel to meet his mistress in locations including Perth and New Zealand.
In an interview to be aired on Channel Nine on Tuesday evening, the woman said she had also enjoyed the perks of parliamentary travel.
"I enjoyed the people''s money too when I stayed in the hotel rooms," she said.
"I enjoyed the perks of the Australian taxpayers'' because I was in the hotel with him."
Mr Dowling accepted more than $20,000 in free flight upgrades, but did not have to declare those under parliamentary rules.
On Tuesday, Mr Dowling took to Queensland''s parliament floor immediately to confirm the affair and step aside from his committee roles.
The MP chaired the powerful ethics committee, which deals with complaints about the conduct of parliamentarians.
He also served as a member on the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Commission, which oversees the state''s corruption watchdog.
''''I am not proud of the events plastered all over today''s paper and I can''t and won''t defend any part of it,'''' he said.
''''I owe my staff an apology for the calls and emails they will no doubt be fielding. I owe my colleagues, my fellow members an apology for any embarrassment and any poor reflection on the party.
''''In relation to allegations made about buy cheap jintropin online the use of travel allowances, I can assure the House that I have complied fully with all of the government requirements and the requirements of the parliament.
''''However I do not wish for this issue and for my family to be dragged through the media any longer than is necessary. As such I am today, voluntarily, stepping aside from both committee roles so this matter can be fully investigated and considered by the Clerk of the parliament.
''''I don''t want pity, I only ask that my family be left alone while this matter "Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.)" is considered by the Clerk.''''
The Testosterone Cypionate Mexico scandal was a distraction for the government on a day when it had hoped the focus would be on the Commission of Inquiry report on the Queensland Health payroll system, which was scathing of the processes used by the former Labor government.
Premier Campbell Newman said he expected due process to be followed.
''''I would hope that all members respect the procedures and allow the matter to be Turinabol Ciccone dealt with in a proper and fair manner.''''
The clerk of the parliament is investigating if Mr "buy cheap jintropin online" Dowling failed to disclose all interests, Bivirkninger and will consider if the matter needs to be referred to the ethics committee and the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin 4-chlorodehydromethyltestosteron and former ethics committee chairman Alex Douglas an ex LNP MP now with the United Australia Party had called for Mr Dowling to step aside after the allegations emerged.
A sexting scandal has recently engulfed the New York mayoral race.
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal have called on former US Representative Anthony Weiner to withdraw from the mayoral contest after the latest revelations about his X rated texting.