Statement From The Member For Burwood

25 July 2019

I unreservedly apologise to the staff at the Abode Hotel, my constituents, my Parliamentary colleagues, and my family for my appalling behaviour in Canberra earlier today.

What happened is unacceptable. I am deeply ashamed of my actions.

While there are reasons for it, there are no excuses.

I have, for a long time, been dealing with addiction and other mental health issues.

Medication I take was in my luggage, which was locked in a room that I was not able to access, as no staff were on-site.

I will, of course, pay for all damages.

I have recently undertaken a course of drug and alcohol counselling and will now get the treatment I need to become a better person.

I have let myself down and badly let down those who have supported me.

I know how hard I have to work to rebuild the trust people have placed in me.

I will take a leave of absence to properly deal with my health issues.

I was in Canberra to attend the first speeches in support of my Victorian colleagues and the trip was privately funded.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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