Alan Jones scandal claims first victim

Staff Writer

Woolworths executive and Liberal party member, Simon Berger, has resigned from his role as State Government Relations manager of the company.

Berger was the MC at the Sydney University Young Liberals dinner two weeks ago where Jones made his now infamous comment. He also arranged to auction a jacket, signed by Jones, that was made from a chaff bag.

Woolies stood by him but he apparently resigned yesterday.

Berger took to Facebook saying the dinner "was overshadowed by a comment by the guest speaker that was completely out of line".

"I have really wanted to explain myself, but had a responsibility to my employer to not unfairly attach them any further to a controversy or add fuel to a bushfire. My biggest regret this past week is that colleagues have been caught up in this episode. They have important jobs to do and I do not want to be a distraction."

A spokeswoman from Woolworths told the Sydney Morning Herald…

“While Simon attended the function in a private capacity, he has acknowledged that it has directly affected his ability to carry out his role at Woolworths as a member of Corporate Affairs team."

Read more in the SMH here

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