Mr Brogden’s resignation followed another apology to Helena Carr whom he had called a mail order bride at a function hosted by the NSW Hoteliers Association on July 29.
“I’d like to start again by restating my absolute and unreserved
apology to Helena Carr and Bob Carr… The comments I made were absolutely and completely inappropriate. They’re not true and I apologise for them fulsomely and genuinely,” said Mr Brogden.
Mr Brogden also apologised for pinching a journalist on the bottom and propositioning another at the same function.
To the journalists involved he said: “My actions were in jest
but that does not excuse the fact they were inappropriate actions.
To them I apologise absolutely and completely.”
Former NSW Premier, Bob Carr, expressed outrage at the comments which he said had damaged Asian relations in Australia.
“I think that his apology is entirely unacceptable to Helena and that is the greatest insult not only to her but of every woman of Asian background,” said Mr Carr.
Mrs Carr said the comment was hurtful and she questioned whether Mr Brogden had been forced to apologise.
Federal Labor immigration spokesman, Tony Burke, said not even a
leader of One Nation would make similar comments.
Mr Burke said the comment was unacceptable and makes Australian relations with Asia even more difficult.
Earlier Prime Minister John Howard declined to back Mr Brogden.
Mr Howard told Channel Nine Mr Brogden’s future was in the hands of his parliamentary colleagues.
He also said the comment was quite wrong and that Mr Brogden should never have said what he did.
Mr Brogden announced his resignation at a media conference on Monday morning.
“I acted dishonourably and now is the time to act honourably,” he said.
“I am resigning the leadership of the Liberal Party today.”
But the 36 year old will remain in politics, retaining his northern Sydney seat of Pittwater.