Minister forced to quit over semi-naked dance
Australian government seems to have interesting cabinet minister. In this incident one provincial minister had to resign after he was caught dancing in underpants.
A minister in Australia's most populous state was today forced to step down just three days after assuming the post amid reports that he danced in his underpants at a parliamentary office party.
New South Wales Police Minister Matt Brown's resignation was accepted by Premier Nathan Rees for the minister's alleged inappropriate conduct during a drunken Budget night party in his Parliament House office three months ago.
"I'm a human being and I made a mistake," 36-year-old Brown told reporters after tendering his resignation.
Citing an unnamed witness, The Australian newspaper had earlier reported that Brown, who at the time held the housing and tourism portfolios, stripped to his underwear during the party and allegedly simulated a sex act on a woman MP.
However, Brown, who has a son from his estranged partner, said the allegations of "inappropriate behaviour regarding a female work colleague ... are lies, they are not true, they did not happen."
The MP, Noreen Hay, also denied the accusations, saying nothing "sordid" happened. "Whilst I was in that room, Matt Brown had his clothes on," she was quoted as saying by ABC, adding that it was a light-hearted, jovial night.
Rees said he sought Brown's resignation three months after the incident because the Minister had initially told him that "absolutely nothing untoward" had happened at the party.
The Premier said he last night told Brown that "there are too many reports of you in your underwear for me to ignore."
"He conceded he'd been in his underwear and that gave me no option but to demand his resignation," Rees told Fairfax Radio Network.
But Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell said he did not believe that Rees had only just found out about the incident and alleged that the episode was kept secret for three months.