Deputy Premier John Barilaro last week sought the resignation of the Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen as Parliamentary Secretary, removed him from the Nationals and Coalition Party Rooms. Johnsen was also suspended from the National Party in light of serious allegations and an active police investigation.
On Wednesday, following further reports, Barilaro told Johnsen his position as a Member of Parliament was untenable and called for his resignation. “I welcome Mr Johnsen’s resignation from the NSW Parliament. My message to the people of the Upper Hunter is I will always put integrity before politics, which is why I called for Mr Johnsen’s resignation”. NSW Nationals’ focus has always been, and will always be, on delivering for the Upper Hunter and keeping our communities safe and secure, he added.
NSW Nationals MP Michael Johnsen offered a sex worker $1,000 to attend state Parliament for sex and sent the woman a string of lewd text messages and an obscene video while Parliament was sitting.