1. Chair of the Queensland Ethics Committee Peter Dowling has resigned from his position amid a sexting scandal that rivals that of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.
Speaking to the media yesterday, 51-year-old Dowling said: “I owe my family an apology, I am sorry for the pain and embarrassment I caused you…I am not proud of the events plastered all over the paper. I can’t and won’t defend any part of it.”
Dowling was exposed by his former mistress, who said the father of two sent her thousands of sexts – including one of his penis dipped in a glass of wine – and took advantage of his parliamentary travel privileges to meet up with her.
The woman – whose identity has been kept secret – last night spoke to a Channel 9 reporter. She told the reporter: “I really tried to keep this quiet but I felt the party really should have known about it because I felt everyone was getting fooled by this person.”
“He’s a public servant, essentially. I know it can be construed that I am being vindictive in what I am doing. But I am just a country girl and I think everyone should be accountable,” she said.