Laming says creepy allegations 'contrived'

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Federal MP Andrew Laming has rejected "years old" allegations made by three women about his behaviour as "contrived".

The Liberal National Party MP revealed earlier this week he had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after the prime minister forced him to apologise for harassing women online and made him undertake empathy training.

Dr Laming is about to return to federal parliament after taking a month of medical leave, including training to improve his ability to understand and be aware of his own actions.

However, three women aired fresh allegations on ABC's 730 program on Thursday night about his "creepy" behaviour making them feel uncomfortable.

The Queensland MP's office says he has already clearly denied those allegations.

"Mr Laming has already comprehensively rejected the years-old media accusations as contrived, and isn't commenting beyond the clear denials already issued," his office told AAP in a statement on Friday.

Dr Laming is also facing criticism for taking a short online empathy course, rather than a longer-term in-person course.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he trusts the MP has taken his empathy training seriously.

"He undertook to me that he would be correcting and changing his behaviour and getting help for that, and I know he has been doing that," Mr Morrison told 2GB radio on Friday.

"I mean, I haven't seen the exact course that he's undertaken. I mean, there's been a few other things that have been a bit focused on.

"But that was his undertaking to me and I'd expect him to be taking that very seriously and correcting his behaviour."

Two weeks ago, the LNP took formal action to make sure the veteran MP could not recontest his Brisbane-based seat of Bowman.

That followed a month in which the prime minister ordered Dr Laming to apologise in parliament after two female constituents accused him of abusing them online. One said the abuse left her suicidal.

The backbencher was also accused of taking a photograph of a woman bending over in her workplace without her consent, while her underwear was visible.

Police investigated the matter but no action was taken. Dr Laming denied any inappropriate behaviour.

Mr Morrison also stressed the Queensland MP wouldn't be sticking around after the current term.

"Andrew's not running for the LNP at the next election, the LNP have made that decision, and in the meantime I expect him to serve his community that elected him on many occasions, and to do that job between now and the election," Mr Morrison said.

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers said he didn't think Dr Laming should remain in parliament in the meantime.

"He's in the neighbouring set to me in southeast Queensland," Dr Chalmers told ABC radio.

"One of the reasons why we will be contesting that seat so vigorously is because the people of the Redlands and the Bayside, they deserve much better representation than they've been getting."