New South Wales Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen has resigned from Parliament after being accused of rape and seeking a sex worker to visit him at state parliament.
The Nationals MP moved to the crossbench last week after it was revealed he is the subject of a police investigation into a rape allegation.
He has now quit the Parliament altogether after pressure from Deputy Premier John Barilaro, and several further allegations emerged against him.
Mr. Johnsen’s resignation will trigger a by-election for his Upper Hunter seat, which is currently held by the Nationals on a slight 2.6 percent margin.
Labor, the Shooters, and One Nation are all likely to field candidates.
As a result of his resignation, the Berejiklian Government has been reduced to 46 seats in the Lower House. It will need to retain Upper Hunter to return to majority control.