'I've let them down': Andrew Broad will not recontest seat of Mallee

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad.
Member for Mallee Andrew Broad.

ANDREW Broad will not recontest the seat of Mallee at the next federal election.

The embattled Nationals MP, who yesterday resigned from the Coalition front bench, this morning released a statement which said he was withdrawing his nomination for 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," Mr Broad 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."

The announcement came after Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack said Mr Broad had let Australians down and should "consider his future".

Mr Broad made national headlines after New Idea ran claims he had dinner with a woman he met online during a trip to Hong Kong.

AAP today reported Mr Broad would repay two taxpayer-funded domestic flights after it was revealed they were part of the trip.

AAP confirmed The Nationals politician will cough up $479.62 for the flights between Mildura and Melbourne in September.

The MP has told The New Daily website he was in Hong Kong for a fruit and vegetable trade show, linked to his electoral work, in early September rather than November as the New Idea story suggested.

He said he paid for the international travel and accommodation but would be willing to return money for domestic flights claimed.

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at a Mildura press conference in April.

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at a Mildura press conference in April.

Mr Broad's parliamentary expenses record shows he travelled from Mildura to Melbourne on September 2 and from Melbourne to Mildura on September 7, with each flight costing taxpayers $239.81.

Mr Broad said he was not one to "put myself on a moral high ground" because he made "mistakes" like anyone else.

“Government is imperfect people governing imperfect people,” he said.

-- with AAP

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