Senior aide fired after the emergence of videos showing staff members performing sex acts in Australia’s parliament.
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 footage because of the volume of footage he received.
He said the footage was 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 an investigation.
The parliament sex scandal 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 a senior colleague in an office in March 2019 but says she felt pressured not to report the incident to the 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’s 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. Here
Watch the prime minister reaction to the videos below;