Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s government was left shook when videos of male government employees performing lewd acts inside the Parliament were leaked, including one of a man masturbating on the desk of a female legislator.
The prime minister, who is already under pressure for his handling of sexual assault allegations, called the behaviour “disgraceful” and “absolutely shameful” and pledged to do more to attract women to politics.
The videos and photos, which had allegedly been shared in a group chat of coalition government staff, were leaked by a whistleblower.
According to a minister, one government staff member was removed from his position on Tuesday. Morrison described the report as “disgusting” and said he would speak with all government staff members soon to remind them of their responsibilities.
The controversy comes on the heels of the recent rape allegations that sparked mass nationwide protests and have prompted fresh outrage from female lawmakers and the Australian public.
The ruling government has been facing tremendous pressure in recent weeks following allegations of rape by a Liberal party staff member, including one in the office of a Cabinet minister.
The whistleblower who leaked the videos has informed that government staffers and MPs often used the Parliament House prayer room to have sex, and alleged that sex workers were brought in “for the pleasure of coalition MPs.”
The whistleblower also said that a few employees frequently swapped explicit photos of themselves and that there was a culture of men thinking that “they can do whatever they want.”
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