Anthony Albanese has demanded Scott Morrison sack a Liberal MP who has admitted to abusing constituents online.
Queensland Liberal MP Andrew Laming apologised to parliament on Thursday over revelations he had trolled female constituents online.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison labelled the behaviour as “disgraceful” on Friday, and said he had hauled Mr Laming into his office to demand he publicly apologise.
“I told him to apologise and deal with it … He’s very clear about my expectations,” he said.
But Labor leader Anthony Albanese declared Mr Laming was not “fit to continue” as a federal MP.
He has demanded Mr Morrison show stronger action over the “vile abuse … that has gone on for year after year”.
“Once again Scott Morrison has got out the feather against a Liberal MP,” he told reporters on Friday.
“Quite frankly, the Prime Minister’s response is totally inadequate, as it always is.
“He waits, and waits and waits and then says, ‘That’s a real concern, I’ll look into it, and we’ll get Andrew Laming to stand up and say he’s sorry’.”
Single mother Alix Russo told Nine News that she had been subjected to false claims and social media abuse by Liberal MP Andrew Laming, including claims that she misappropriated funds from a not-for-profit charity.
In one Facebook post, Mr Laming questioned whether money was going on Ms Russo’s personal credit card for a Queensland charity that prepares hampers for the homeless.
“Reasonable question, what proportion of Night Ninjas donations go on Alix’s personal credit card and is her personal use separated?” Mr Laming’s Facebook comment states.
In another, Mr Laming said: “You got nasty. Threatened self-harm. Unfortunately for you, I make the rules and you follow them.”
In tears, Ms Russo told Nine News that all of Night Ninjas financial records were available on the regulators website and the claims were baseless. But she said the allegations left her “suicidal.”
“I don’t want to be attacked anymore,” Ms Russo said.
“To be tarnished and discredited and defamed. To our Prime Minister: this man needs to stop. He cannot continue to target his community like this.”
Mr Laming apologised “unreservedly” in a speech to parliament on Thursday, hours before the allegations went to air.
“I want to express my regret and deep apologies for the hurt and the distress that communication may have caused,” he said.