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Mallee MP resigns ministry position

By Geoff Adams

Federal Nationals MP Andrew Broad has been forced to resign as assistant minister to party leader Michael McCormack due to allegations about his personal life.

While Mr Broad will remain in parliament, serving his northern Victoria seat of Mallee, it was "appropriate" he steps back.

"Due to the nature of the allegations made, it is appropriate for Mr Broad to resign as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister," Mr McCormack said in a statement on Monday.

"Mr Broad was named in New Idea magazine story published on Monday alleging he used a website to meet women while away on work trips.

Mr McCormack found out about the allegations two weeks ago and then urged Mr Broad to report the matter to the Australian Federal Police.

While "very disappointed" by the reports, the Nationals leader is backing Mr Broad to continue in parliament."I want to make sure that all of my ministers, all of my members are always doing the right thing," he told reporters on Monday.

"That is why I have accepted Andrew Broad's resignation as assistant minister."