Broad re­signs

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Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mallee An­drew Broad has with­drawn his nom­i­na­tion to con­test the Fed­eral Elec­tion next year.

Mr Broad, em­broiled in al­le­ga­tions of se­ri­ous mis­con­duct, in­formed the pres­i­dent of the Vic­to­rian Divi­sion of the Na­tion­als of his de­ci­sion yes­ter­day.

Mr Broad had al­ready re­signed his min­is­te­rial post as As­sis­tant Min­is­ter to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael Mccor­mack, a res­ig­na­tion Mr Mccor­mack had ac­cepted.

Mr Broad said in a pre­pared state­ment that he would con­tinue to work for his com­mu­nity as their fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive un­til the next elec­tion.

“Af­ter re­cent me­dia sto­ries about my pri­vate life, it is clear that the peo­ple of Mallee will be best served in the next par­lia­ment by a dif­fer­ent Na­tion­als can­di­date,” he said.

“I want to ac­knowl­edge and thank my fam­ily, my staff, Na­tion­als mem­bers and the com­mu­nity for their sup­port of me. I have done my best and at times we have achieved good things, but I have also let them down.

“I have given 10 years of my life to serv­ing re­gional Aus­tralia. I am blessed to have rep­re­sented the Mallee, and I am proud of what we have de­liv­ered to­gether.”

Mr Mccor­mack said due to the nature of the al­le­ga­tions, it was ap­pro­pri­ate for Mr Broad to re­sign from his min­is­te­rial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and he had made the right de­ci­sion to stand aside.

“In do­ing so he has ac­cepted the sort of be­hav­iour, which has prompted his de­ci­sion, is in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

“Mat­ters re­gard­ing Mallee pre-se­lec­tion, as al­ways, are for the Na­tion­als’ lo­cal branches to de­cide.”

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