Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been grilled over the government’s decision to allow Andrew Laming to stay in parliament until the next election this morning after appearing on ABC News Breakfast.
Laming has taken leave after a series of allegations about his behaviour towards women and said he won’t recontest the next election, but this means could still remain in parliament for a year.
Do you believe Andrew Laming is a fit and proper person to serve in Parliament, a fit and proper person to give you his vote until the next election?
Well, Andrew Laming’s behaviour is completely unacceptable. It’s demeaning of women and it certainly not becoming of a member of Parliament let alone anybody across our society at large. Yes, he’s apologised for his behaviour, yes he’s going through counselling and other education processes to correct his behaviour, and, yes, he’s announced he will not contest the next election, so really the onus is on Andrew.
Is he a fit and proper person in your view? You’re the deputy leader of the Labor Party, to stay?
He should stay in Parliament as I said yesterday but I also believe he should correct his behaviour and he was elected by his constituents to serve out of his term, he has a responsibility to deliver for them a better government and Australia coming through this pandemic, that’s what the Coalition is determined to do as we continue to role out the economic support measures we have just been talking about.
Importantly, though the onus is on him to show that he has understood the errors of his ways, he has understood the gravity of his behaviour and that he has understood the need to ensure that he improves.