It’s more than a little bit ironic that the head of the Queensland parliament’s ethics committee, has been proven to have poor ethics himself after admitting he “can’t and won’t defend” allegations of sexting his alleged lover of two years.

Liberal National party MP, Peter Dowling, is said to have sent explicit picture messages to an unnamed woman including full-frontal shots of his genitals, a photo of his penis dipped in a glass of wine, followed up by an image of him grinning while about to drink the same glass of red wine.  (Perhaps he had confused his wang for a straw and then felt silly as he realised his error?)

Dowling’s alleged lover has also said that the married father-of-two used public resources to conduct the affair, including travel upgrades and by having sex in his parliamentary and electorate offices.

“I owe my family an apology. I am sorry for the pain and embarrassment I caused you,” Dowling told parliament on Tuesday morning.

“I am not proud of the events plastered all over the paper. I can’t and won’t defend any part of it.”

Dowling has stood down from his parliamentary responsibilities on the ethics committee, saying he has done so in order for the allegations to be properly investigated without his family being dragged under the media spotlight.

“I don’t want pity. I only ask that my family be left alone while this matter is considered by the clerk,” he said.

Dowling has denied breaching parliamentary guidelines in relation to travel.