While Mr Broad will remain in parliament, serving his northern Victoria seat of Mallee, it was “appropriate” he steps back, Mr McCormack said.
Mr Broad was named in a New Idea magazine story published on Monday alleging he used a website to meet younger girls while away on work trips.
A woman, named as “Amy”, claimed she met the 43-year-old in Hong Kong in November for dinner and that he “complained about the menu prices, boasted relentlessly about his new role as assistant minister to the deputy prime minister and began to act inappropriately”.
The woman also claims Mr Broad lied about his age, sent her numerous text messages that turned to a “more sexual nature” following the dinner and described himself as “James Bond”.
Mr McCormack found out about the allegations two weeks ago and then urged Mr Broad to report the matter to the Australian Federal Police.
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