There is currently crisis in Australia’s political scene after videos emerged showing staff members performing sex acts in the country’s parliament, leading to one senior aide being fired.
One of the videos showed the senior aide performing a sex act on a female lawmaker’s desk.
The videos were leaked to Australian media by a whistleblower who is a former government staff member.
According to the whistleblower, he had become “immune” to the footages because of the volume of footages he received.
He said the footages were filmed in 2019 and also claimed that officials had used the prayer room to have sex and even brought sex workers into parliament.
The whistleblower described some of his colleagues as a “culture of men thinking that they can do whatever they want, “morally… bankrupt”.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the videos as “disgraceful” and said his government will carry out investigation.
The parliament sex scancal comes after a former staff member, Brittany Higgins revealed how she feared losing her job following an alleged sexual assault.
Higgins alleges she was raped by senior colleague in an office in March 2019, but says she felt pressured not to report the incident to police.
Also last week, thousands took part in marches to protest against the sexual abuse and harassment of women in Australia.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, March 23, Prime Minister Scott said he was “shocked”, adding:
“We must get this house in order. We must put the politics aside on these things, and we must recognise this problem, acknowledge it, and we must fix it.”
Ms Higgins’ allegations have increased the spotlight on sexual assault and sexism in Australian politics.
Days after she went public with her story, Attorney General Christian Porter revealed he was the subject of a 1988 rape allegation but police closed the investigation because of a lack of evidence as he denies the allegation.
Watch the prime minister react to the videos below.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison described report of lewd behavior by male government staff in Parliament House as ‘disgusting’ and said he would speak with all government staff members to remind them of their responsibilities https://t.co/x8BsaE6J3L pic.twitter.com/PUgOHJL7Pc
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 23, 2021
— Australian Unions (@unionsaustralia) March 23, 2021