#AceNewsReport – Apr.09: The inquiry was triggered after Channel 10 obtained vision showing a Coalition staffer masturbating on a female MP’s desk, an incident the Prime Minister Scott Morrison labelled “disgusting and sickening”
‘Six men to be accused of sex acts in Parliament House: The Department of Finance is investigating the allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour’
updated 10h ago
‘The complainant, who has never worked in politics but admits to having had sex within Parliament House himself after meeting a man on gay dating app Grindr, claims he has extensive evidence to support his allegations, including messages, photos and videos’
Two of the men he will accuse of inappropriate behaviour are currently employed by Coalition politicians.
Two others are former government staffers – including the man who was sacked over the desk masturbation incident – while the other two are public servants.
“After talking with senior officials from the Department of Finance and [Finance Minister] Simon Birmingham’s office, I’ve agreed in principle to supply written evidence,” the man told the ABC.
“Whilst I am not sure if all the people named in texts, pictures etc are aware that they were placed in compromising positions, that will be for the inquiry to determine.”
Concerns images could amount to revenge porn
Some staff in Parliament House and a few MPs believe the man’s initial decision to share the desk masturbation video with Channel 10 amounts to revenge porn.
Liberal backbencher Warren Entsch said he hoped police investigated the man and his motivations.
“I absolutely still believe this is revenge porn,” he said.
“This man was involved in sharing explicit images of sexual acts with his friend. He had a collection. Now he’s turned on him and publicly dragged him through the mud because this friend wanted to stop sharing information because he had a new partner.
“In the frenzy to claim another scalp, I worry about how this has all been reported.”
The complainant denies his actions were revenge porn or designed to damage the federal government.
He said he only ever wanted to call out inappropriate behaviour in Parliament House and would not provide the images and videos he has to the inquiry.
“I have not, nor do I intend to, hand over the evidence I have to the inquiry, as agreed at this stage,” he said.
“I will, however, transcribe [the content of images and videos] as best I can into my statement.”
The case has also triggered scrutiny of openly gay staff members in the Coalition government.
Some men have told the ABC they feel the unresolved allegations have put several people under an unfair cloud of suspicion.
They say this was exacerbated after Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff Peta Credlin alleged orgies had been held inside Parliament House.
In the hours and days after the desk masturbation video emerged, several ministers expressed their fury. Finance Minister Simon Birmingham warned anyone found to have committed lewd acts would be sacked.
“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,” he said.
However, after some of the men alleged to have been involved in sexual acts denied the allegations and the revenge porn claim was made, the government has appeared to be much more cautious in its public comments.
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