Opposition MP names Labor MP accused of having sex in parliamentary office21st June 2021
An opposition Liberal MP has used parliamentary privilege to name a Labor MP accused of having sex in his parliamentary office.
Liberal James Newbury said in a parliamentary committee hearing on Monday that Ringwood MP Dustin Halse was facing an allegation of having sex in his office and was now under an internal investigation.
“The speaker’s confirmed an investigation into the member for Ringwood bonking in his office,” Mr Newbury said during a Public Accounts and Estimates Account Committee hearing.
Mr Newbury, the member for Brighton, was quickly shut down by state government MPs objecting to the line of questioning.
In May, state opposition leader Michael O’Brien called for acting Premier James Merlino to respond to allegations of improper behaviour by a Labor MP who was at the time anonymous.
The allegations included that the MP had used their parliamentary office for sexual activities in December 2020.
A government spokeswoman told The Age in May that the alleged behaviour was “completely inappropriate and falls well short of community standards”.
The Victorian Parliament, led by Colin Brooks, is working on an Australia-first revamp of the laws governing politicians’ behaviour in the workplace whereby MPs could be fined or sacked from Parliament for serious cases of bullying or harassing staff.