Former NSW Transport Minister David Campbell asked for privacy and spoke of the difficulties he and his family face, at his first press conference since resigning.
“The last 24 hours have been particularly difficult for me, but it’s nothing compared to the difficulty that my family has confronted,” Campbell said, referring to the hours since Channel Seven aired images of him entering a sex-on-premises venue.
“I’ve made some personal choices which have put me and my family in this position. I’ve apologised to them and the community for it. I accept responsibility for the situation.
“I want to make it very clear that never, over the period of my public life have those personal choices impacted in any way shape or form on the decisions I’ve had to make in public life.”
He refuted suggestions that he had been at Ken’s of Kensington on the night of the F3 highway debacle, which saw motorists trapped for eight hours by a truck crash.
Campbell said phone records will soon be released, proving that he was at his Macquarie St office and then his Potts Point home throughout the evening.
He thanked his staff and supporters.
“I have been humbled to see the number of messages coming to my family and myself, from members of my community and others. I thank them for those messages of support,” he said.
“This is a very difficult time for my family. I put them in this situation and as I’ve said, I have accepted responsibility for that, but they need privacy at this point in time, so we can resolve this and put it behind us, and get on with our life.
“I would ask that their need and right be respected.”

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