By political reporter Francis Keany
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull‘s Government has been rocked after two scandal-hit MPs stood down from their frontbench portfolios today.
Liberal MP Mal Brough will stand aside with a pending police investigation, while Jamie Briggs has tendered his resignation.
Mr Briggs has resigned as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment following a late-night incident involving a female public servant in a Hong Kong bar during an official overseas visit last month.
The South Australian MP called a press conference on Tuesday to say the public servant took offence at his actions in the bar.
“At the conclusion of the official programme for the day, my chief of staff and I went for dinner and we invited several other officials, of which one female public servant agreed to attend,” he said.
“At the conclusion of the dinner (which I paid for personally) we went to a popular and, as it transpired, very crowded bar for drinks during which we interacted between the three of us and with others in what I believed, at the time, was an informal manner.
“At the conclusion of the evening, the public servant left to return home and my chief of staff and I returned to our hotel together.
“At no point was it my intention to act inappropriately and I’m obliged to note for the record that nothing illegal has been alleged or in fact did occur,” he told a press conference.