Wednesday 22 November 2017

An affair too far for scandal-hit MP

Kathy Marks in Sydney

AFTER tearfully apologising two years ago for conduct that included sniffing a female colleague's chair and pinging another's bra strap, the treasurer of Western Australia might have been expected to stay out of trouble.

He didn't, and yesterday Troy Buswell (44) was forced to resign from the state government following revelations of an affair with a Greens MP, Adele Carles (41).

The man who controls the public purse in Australia's largest state had admitted using official funds during a series of meetings with Ms Carles. The affair, which began in late December and ended recently, came to light last weekend.

Mr Buswell initially tried to brazen it out, calling a press conference on Monday at which he came clean and apologised to his wife, Margaret, his two sons, his Liberal Party colleagues, and his boss, the state premier, Colin Barnett.

Mr Buswell initially vowed that he would not resign, but at a meeting with Mr Barnett he was informed that his position had become untenable. (©Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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