“Jerk-Off Club” Scandal Roils Australian Parliament

The Daily Beast reports:

The Australian parliament was rocked by yet more sex abuse allegations Monday when footage of a senior government staff member masturbating onto the desk of a female lawmaker was leaked by a whistleblower.

The disgusting video—obtained by The Australian newspaper and Channel Ten—led to the immediate firing of the unnamed aide, but it came alongside other images of at least four government staff members who have been swapping images of Parliament House sex acts for years.

One of the clips showed a pixellated man exposing his penis with a copy of the Parliament House rule book right behind him, while another showed a man pointing to the desk of a female Liberal member of parliament before masturbating onto it.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Ten News also reported that sex workers had been brought into Parliament House to visit MPs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the reports and videos were “disgusting and sickening”.

The Coalition government has been facing a series of allegations about sexual assault and harassment of women, with former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins sparking the conversation when she went public about her alleged rape by a colleague in Parliament House.

Attorney-General Christian Porter is also on mental health leave after vehemently denying claims he raped a 16-year-old girl when he was 17, at a debating competition in Sydney.