Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing calls to sack Liberal MP Andrew Laming for his “disgusting” behaviour on social media.
Member for Bowman Andrew Laming issued an apology in the House of Representatives yesterday, just an hour before a major 9News investigation revealed complaints from two residents of his electorate on Brisbane’s bayside.
Single mother Alix Russo told 9News she was the victim of slander and false allegations by Mr Laming, including untrue claims she misappropriated funds at a homelessness charity she works for called Night Ninjas.
Another woman, Sheena Hewlett, claims Mr Laming took photos of her in a park and rang her school asking for her timetable. She said her and her husband, a local councillor, are living in fear.
Mr Morrison today said the behaviour was “disgraceful”.
“I called him into my office yesterday and told him to apologise and deal with it. He did,” Mr Morrison said.
“He is very clear about my expectations.”
Labor has slammed Mr Morrison’s response to the revelations of Mr Laming’s behaviour towards his constituents as “totally inadequate”.
“In my view, Andrew Laming isn’t fit to continue as a member of parliament,” opposition leader Anthony Albanese said.
The allegations against Mr Laming come after sustained criticism of the prime minister over the last month for his handling of rape allegations by Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins and historical rape allegations made against Attorney-General Christian Porter, which Mr Porter strongly denies, as well as Mr Morrison’s decision not to attend the March4Justice rally at Parliament House.
On A Current Affair last night, Mr Morrison told Tracy Grimshaw he was doing everything he could to understand the outrage of women.