News – AU – Sexual misconduct exposed in parliament building


An insider has posted graphical new pictures and videos of male government executives performing sex acts in Parliament Buildings

A Canberra insider has exposed the extent of bad behavior by men and vilification of women in the House of ParliamentSource: istock

10 news items showed graphic images and videos of male senior government officials engaging in sexual acts in the Canberra House of Parliament – and in one case on a female MP’s desk

In the weeks since the news comau told the story of the alleged rape of former Liberal worker Brittany Higgins by a colleague in Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds’ office The sexual harassment, misogyny and bullying that many women encounter in the Canberra bubble have been brought into the spotlight

Now another parliamentary insider has come forward on condition of anonymity and told the political editor of 10, Peter van Onselen, that “the culture has to change”

“Now is the time to speak out, now is the time to put it on record. It’s a culture of men who think they can do what they want,” said the man who just as Tom was identified

He provided the network with a series of photos and videos, taken in the Parliament building, showing male employees proudly filming themselves engaging in blatant sexual acts

A male politician sits on a desk and shows himself with the rules of parliament behind him Image: 10 NewsSource: Kanal 10

A female MP on which a male employee filmed himself during a solo sex act Image: 10 NewsSource: Kanal 10

A picture shows a man who is sitting at a desk and exposing himself, with a copy of Parliament’s rulebook behind him

Another showed a man pointing at a Liberal MP’s desk before performing a solo sex act on it

“The fact that this is a female MP only adds to the shame it is,” said Tom

Other images were “so bad” and “shocking” that the network couldn’t display them at all

“It’s surprising, and I think a lot of people will be stunned,” he said, “that the actions could take place in a building that is considered the epitome of decency and democracy”

Tom also announced that a group of coalition workers routinely share explicit photos of themselves, saying that he “received so many that I just got immune to them”

A Canberra insider has exposed the extent of bad behavior by men and vilification of women in the House of Parliament Image: 10 NewsSource: Channel 10

Government employees and even MPs often used a small room on the upper level of the parliament building – the so-called prayer or meditation room – as a place to have “a lot” of sex

“I can probably say that there is very little meditation or prayer in this room,” said Tom, confirming that he used the room himself for this purpose

Tom also announced that he knew that female and male sex workers were being brought into the building “for the pleasure of Coalition MPs”

One of the employees in question, pictured with former Foreign Secretary Julie Bishop Image: 10 NewsSource: Channel 10

While Tom said he didn’t think the “disgusting, nefarious, privileged” employees “were morally breaking the law, they are bankrupt”

Kristina Keneally, Labor affairs spokeswoman, told The Australianthe the behavior was “disgusting, humiliating and utterly disrespectful to female MPs”

“Following Brittany Higgins’ bold revelations, the behavior of these male employees with their wicked mockery of a coalition MP’s desk as a prop in their obscene videos is reprehensible I’m outraged, “said Senator Keneally

The day after Ms. Higgins’ allegations were published, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the first two of the current five inquiries into work culture and in support of Parliamentarians

“I believe there have been changes and improvements in the last few years since this happened. But I’m not naive enough to think – and I don’t think any of you or anyone in this place is naive enough to think – that this is not a position of vulnerability that can still arise, whether here or there, to be honest in so many other jobs in this country

“Well, I hope the call from Brittany is a wake-up call for all of us from this point of view”

A second independent investigation – led by Kate Jenkins, Commissioner for Gender Discrimination – is also being carried out on the culture of Parliament, coordinated by Treasury Secretary Simon Birmingham He hoped she would focus on employee safety

In response to the 10 messages, Minister Birmingham said that anyone involved in the videos “should pack their bags and leave the building for good”

With that review, Tom said it was time for Parliament’s “privileged boys club”

“It has to start with the removal of this toxic, powerful, privileged boys’ club that does what it wants, when it wants, where it wants,” he said

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News – AU – Sexual misconduct revealed in the House of Parliament