Laming to quit parliament at election
Under-fire Queensland MP Andrew Laming will not contest the next election after a series of complaints from three women about his behaviour.
Mr Laming has been under pressure to resign after he was the subject of complaints from two women who accused him of harassing them online.
He has also been accused by another young woman of taking a photo of her underwear while she bent over.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Sunday said Mr Laming would not contest the Queensland seat of Bowman at the next election.
"The prime minister spoke to Andrew yesterday and made it very clear that was expected of our MPs," he said.
"And Andrew has reflected on that conversation with the prime minister and following that conversation he has decided not to contest the next election."
Mr Frydenberg resisted calling for Mr Laming to resign from the LNP immediately, saying it was proper for him to see out his term, despite labelling his conduct as "completely unacceptable".
Mr Laming could move to the crossbench however that would force Scott Morrison into leading a minority government.
The LNP hold 76 seats in the 151-seat parliament and losing Mr Laming could leave them deadlocked or needing the support of independents of smaller parties to pass legislation.
Asked if Mr Laming was a fit and proper person to stand in parliament, Mr Frydenberg said: "I understand he is, that's my view".
"As for him sitting into LNP party room, that will be a decision for the LNP itself.
"But I think he's taken the proper course of action to seek that counselling and following that conversation with the Prime Minister not to stand at the next election."
Mr Laming has taken time off to undergo therapy and counselling and will return to parliament in budget week.
His decision to quit came after LNP colleagues Senator Sarah Henderson and MP Katie Allen on Sunday said he should step down at the next election.
But Labor leader Anthony Albanese said he should resign immediately.
"The fact is that Andrew Laming is not fit to be a Member of Parliament today," Mr Albanese said.
"Andrew Laming should go. He brings disrepute and disgrace to our national Parliament and he simply should go."
On Friday, a Brisbane mother told Nine News that Mr laming took a photo of her as she bent over to restock a fridge at a landscape supply business.
The woman said that her underwear was visible and it was reported that witnesses backed up her account.
"The photo was really inappropriate, especially when I was bent over," Crystal White she recounted.
However Mr Laming said: "I reject the allegation aired on Channel 9 that I took an inappropriate photo with malicious intent".
Earlier in the week Mr Laming was reprimanded by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and forced to apologise to parliament for trolling two female constituents, including one who said she was left suicidal.
He was forced to issue a further apology after he seemingly made light of his comments in public Facebook comments where he said he "didn't even know" what he was apologising for, followed by a series of laughing emojis.
Originally published as Laming to quit parliament at election