The big question surrounding David O'Byrne and his shock move to stand aside as state opposition leader on Wednesday is why the Labor Party is investigating the matter.
Mr O'Byrne was accused of sexually harassing a much younger and junior union employee some 13-14 years ago, before he entered parliament.
In his statement, he said: "At the time of the reported events I genuinely believed the kiss and text exchanges to be consensual".
Then, in the next sentence: "However, I now understand that this was not the case".
Mr O'Byrne goes on to "offer my unreserved apology for the unwanted contacts and texts", and even "genuinely" thanked the woman concerned "for having the strength to bring this issue to light".
His own words make you wonder why on Earth he's standing aside "for the duration of the investigation into this matter".
The fact is he should have resigned on the spot because his time as party leader is over, and his political career is likely at an end too.
Mr O'Byrne cannot come back from this, and nor should he be given the opportunity.
In years gone past, when such conduct was dismissed, laughed off even, powerful men could escape sanction.
We don't - thankfully - live in that world anymore. There are consequences for that kind of behaviour, and apologies, no matter how heartfelt, don't cut it.
If Mr O'Byrne was to return as leader it would be impossible for the Labor Party to present itself as a credible opposition, let alone an alternative government.
Indeed, he's already served to take the fire out of any further attacks on the government over its handling of allegations against former Liberal MP Adam Brooks.
It was only on Tuesday, when he was being asked more questions on that sorry saga, that Premier Peter Gutwein tried to turn the attention to Labor's only internal dramas, and threw in the "winter is coming" line from a hit TV show.
Whatever the premier knew, he was right.
Mr O'Byrne has dealt a major blow to the prospects of Labor's rebuild, and created more party turmoil, which will only continue on the back of a pointless investigation.
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