NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was “both pleased and relieved” that former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire resigned following damaging revelations at an anti-corruption hearing.
Mr Maguire handed in his resignation on Friday following three weeks of political and community pressure to quit.
Ms Berejiklian told Parliament on Tuesday that any member who brought the house into such disrepute should resign.
“When a member of this place puts any one of us under disrepute, when any member does not act in accordance with what the public expects of us, they need to take the right steps,” she said.
“I am both pleased and relieved that not only did the former member for Wagga resign from his parliamentary secretary position, not only did he then also resign himself from the Liberal Party but he subsequently resigned from this place, which was the appropriate thing to do.”
Labor opposition leader Luke Foley attempted to move a motion condemning Mr Maguire “for his actions as revealed and admitted at the Independent Commission against Corruption”.
Mr Foley’s attempted motion was backed up with shouts of “Dodgy Daryl” from the opposition benches in Parliament.
Coalition MPs responded by shouting references to Eddie Obeid, a former NSW MP and Labor powerbroker who was jailed for misconduct in public office.
Both the Coalition and Labor accused each other’s MPs of associating with criminals during Question Time.
Labor had previously threatened to attempt a rare motion to expel Mr Maguire from Parliament if he did not resign before sittings resumed on Tuesday.
Wagga will now go to a byelection on September 8.