Andrew McIntosh, frontbencher in Victorian Government, hands over his resignation for mistakenly leaking confidential information to a journalist. McIntosh was the minister for gaming regulation, corrections and crime prevention and was also the minister responsible for the anti-corruption agency IBAC.
McIntosh accepts that his conversation with a journalist might have brought the committee’s integrity and fairness into question. He admits talking about private deliberations to a media person; however, he claims doing so under the assumption of speaking off the record. McIntosh offered an apology for the lack of discretion.
“Given the seriousness and gravity of my breach, I’ve written to the Premier resigning as a minister. Any member who appears before the privileges committee is entitled to natural justice, which may have been prejudiced in this case, by my indiscretion. My membership of the privileges committee is now untenable. Accordingly, I’ve written to the Speaker today to indicate my resignation from the committee and the other committees to which I was a member. Given the seriousness and gravity of my breach, I’ve also written to the Premier resigning as a minister in his Government, an offer the Premier has accepted,” he said.
Premier Denis Napthine accepted the resignation and appointed Upper House MP Edward O’Donohue to all of Mr McIntosh’s portfolios except IBAC.
“I formally advised the House that the Member for Kew has written to me submitting his resignation from cabinet. I have accepted his resignation and given the appropriate advice to His Excellency, the Governor,” Dr. Napthine remarked.
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