«I would like to sincerely apologise for my behaviour that was aired on television last night as a result of the Al Jazeera covert operation filmed in the United States in September 2018,» it read.
«The footage shown does not reflect the person I am. It shows a person who was drunk and not in control of his actions and I take full responsibility for allowing that to happen.
«I informed my wife Debbie the following morning that I had attended a strip club in Washington DC and that I had too many drinks and little recollection of the night.
«She accepted that and after viewing the footage, I am thankful she is standing by me.
«Debbie knows that my untoward actions were the result of excessive consumption of alcohol and I am deeply remorseful for the hurt that I have caused her, my family and the people that support me.
«I am also deeply remorseful for my disrespectful comments towards women.
«I found the footage difficult to watch as my words and actions under intoxication and in that environment are not a true reflection of myself.
«Despite being on a self-funded trip with a person who I never imagined to be an undercover journalist funded by the Qatar government.
«Yesterday I offered Senator Pauline Hanson my resignation.
«I will not be conducting any media interviews or making further statements. As I will no longer be of public interest, I ask that you please respect my family’s privacy at this time.»
More to come.
Toby Crockford is a breaking news reporter at the Brisbane Times