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NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro had called for the resignation of a colleague of the Nationals after a report he offered a woman money to have sex with him in the state parliament.

The UKTN revealed Tuesday morning that NSW Nationals MP Michael Johnsen allegedly offered a sex worker $ 1,000 to come to parliament for sex and texted her and an obscene video while he sat in the room. parliamentary chamber.

The report came a week after the Upper Hunter MP took time off and went to the backseat after denying allegations he raped the same woman in the Blue Mountains in 2019.

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The woman told UKTN she exchanged hundreds of messages with Mr Johnsen after responding to his online sex ad in August 2019.

On Tuesday Mr Barilaro said he told Mr Johnsen his position was untenable.

“This is disgusting behavior and will never be acceptable, nor should it be, and I call on Mr Johnsen to resign from Parliament immediately,” he said.

“It is now up to Mr. Johnsen to reconsider his position as an independent MP.”

Mr Barilaro said the police investigation should be allowed to proceed without prejudice.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said she was also disgusted by the reports, if they were correct.

“For many women in public life, when you know the challenges that exist – when coworkers or former coworkers do this stuff – it’s just beyond disgusting,” she told Sydney radio 2GB.

“I want all workplaces, and not just politics, in all walks of life, to be respectful of women and to treat them equally.”

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She wanted people to recognize the subconscious biases against women – “especially those in leadership positions”.

“My job and that of others is to lead by example and speak out against what is unacceptable behavior,” she said.

The allegations against Mr Johnsen are the latest in a string of accusations engulfing the Liberal Party, particularly in the Federal Parliament, since former employee Brittany Higgins went public with allegations six weeks ago that she was raped in the office of a senior government minister.

-with AAP

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