Laming to remain in parliament until next election

By Shannon Jenkins

March 29, 2021

Andrew Laming
Andrew Laming has lodged documents with the federal court in a defamation action against ABC journalist Louise Milligan. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Liberal MP Andrew Laming will not recontest the next election and has gone on medical leave following allegations that he harassed two women living in his electorate and took a photo up another woman’s skirt.

The member for Bowman on Sunday said he would undertake counselling, as well as empathy and communication training, in light of the allegations.

He has become the third Liberal MP to take medical leave in recent weeks, following defence minister Linda Reynolds and attorney-general Christian Porter.

On Thursday 9News aired allegations that Laming had been harassing two of his constituents online, and had photographed one of them while hiding behind bushes in a park.

Following that report, another woman accused Laming of taking a photo of her underwear in 2019, while she was bending down.

Labor has called on Laming to resign, but he will remain in parliament until the next election.

On Monday Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told ABC News Breakfast that while Laming’s behaviour was “demeaning of women”, he should remain in parliament.

“Importantly though the onus is on him to show that he has understood the errors of his ways, that he has understood the gravity of his behaviour, and that he has understood the need to ensure that he improves,” Frydenberg said.

The treasurer admitted that he understood why people have been “frustrated” and “appalled” by Laming’s actions.

READ MORE: Albanese: Laming not fit to be an MP


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