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A Liberal Staffer Who Filmed Himself Wanking Over A Female MP’s Desk Has Been Sacked

Well, well, well, if it isn't the consequences of his own actions.

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An unidentified senior Liberal staffer has been sacked after footage of him masturbating over a female MP’s desk was released.

On Monday night, 10 News reported that a group of Liberal staffers had allegedly routinely filmed themselves performing sex acts in Parliament House after an anonymous “Canberra insider” came forward.

The insider provided evidence of at least four men masturbating or exposing themselves within Parliament House, then proudly sharing the footage with each other over Facebook Messenger. This includes the wanking video that led one Liberal staffer to be sacked, which 10 News shared heavily pixelated stills of on Monday’s broadcast.

“I have received so many that I’ve just become immune to it,” the insider told 10 News First, before claiming some were “so bad” and “shocking” they couldn’t be shown. “The fact that it is a female MP only adds to the disgrace that it is.”

It’s also alleged that a Parliament House prayer and mediation room was commonly used by politicians and staffers — admittedly, including the insider himself — for “a lot” of sex.

“I can probably say there is very little meditation or prayer going on in that room,” the insider said, before also alleging that both female and male sex workers were commonly invited to Parliament House “for the pleasure of Coalition MPs”.

“I don’t think they’ve broken any laws — but morally, they’re bankrupt,” the insider continued. “Now is the time to speak up, now is the time to put it on the record. It’s a culture of men who think they can do whatever they want.”

Credit: 10 News First

After the report aired, Scott Morrison condemned the “disgusting and sickening” actions of those involved.

“It’s not good enough and is totally unacceptable. The people who come to work in this building are better than this,” the Prime Minister said in a statement last night. “The actions of these individuals show a staggering disrespect for the people who work in Parliament, and for the ideals the Parliament is supposed to represent. Everyone has a right to feel safe at work.”

Simon Birmingham, the Finance Minister whose department is responsible for the employment of these staffers, agreed and said not only was he “disgusted and appalled” but that the acts are an “enormous disrespect” to Australian taxpayers.

“It also demonstrates an enormous disrespect for the employing member or senator in relation to those staff and those offices. It equally shows a complete contempt, frankly, for the Australian taxpayers who paid the wages of such staff,” the Finance Minister told a Senate committee hearing last night.

“In my opinion, any individuals who engaged in such activity ought to prepare to pack their bags and leave the building for good.”

But this latest case of sexual misconduct just adds to a long list of issues happening within parliament. Between the government’s total mishandling of Brittany Higgins’ Parliament House sexual assault allegations to the protection of Attorney-General Christian Porter following his historic rape accusations, it’s clear that there’s a serious and toxic sexual assault problem in Canberra.