A former senior Liberal Party member who was the party’s chief of staff before he became its deputy party president has resigned, hours after the AFL confirmed it was pulling its vice president for community affairs from his role.
Rob Brysons role in the Liberal Party is being reviewed by the Parliamentary Integrity Commission.
The AFL says the decision was made because the senior official was a direct or indirect participant in the “dissemination” of inappropriate, unsolicited or offensive material or statements, as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
Mr Bryson, who had previously held senior roles in the Victorian Labor Party, is the second senior official to step down in as many months.
Former Liberal Party president and deputy vice-presidents for community relations, Wayne Hall and Tony Kavanagh, both resigned from the party.
The AFL says Mr Bryson was the subject of two complaints about his conduct by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.
“We will continue to investigate and appropriately discipline any misconduct which may be identified by the commission,” AFL spokesman Michael Williamson said.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan told the ABC he did not know who made the decision to withdraw Rob Bryston’s leadership.
I was not aware of it at the time,” he said.”
I don’t think it’s a decision made by anyone other than the AFL.
“Mr McLachlin said the AFL had been made aware of a complaint from Mr Brysson’s former employer the Victorian Liberal Party about inappropriate conduct.
He said the allegations were not substantiated and that the complaint was forwarded to the Commissioner of Public Prosecutions.
That is a decision for the Commissioner to make.” “
[I’ve] not been made available to answer any questions about that.
That is a decision for the Commissioner to make.”