Australia lawmakers debate banning sexual relations with staff
By Azania Post Reporter
The United States development of passing a resolution forbidding House members from having sexual relationship with staff has prompted Australia lawmakers to start debating on introducing the same.
A report by AP said legislatures in Australia are debating on introducing a US-style ban on legislators having sex with staff.
This has come also after the deputy prime minister and a former staff were revealed to be expectant parents.
On the same day, Australian newspapers reported that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and his former press adviser Vikki Campion are expecting a baby in April, Associate Press reported.
However, it is said the move has divided some of the members of the House as those some independent and minor party lawmakers see it optimistically, others from major parties play it down.
One of the lawmakers said though they are responsible, they have also the right to sexual relations.
“While lawmakers were accountable, they also had a right to consensual sexual relationships,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
“Relations between consenting adults is not something that normally, you would be justified in, if you like, seeking to regulate,” Turnbull told reporters.
“Adults can conduct their relationships, if it’s consensual, respectful – that’s their right,” he was quoted by Associate Press as saying.
Independent lawmaker Cathy McGowan on Thursday invited legislators to discuss a potential motion in Parliament to “address personal relationships within the workplace”.
She said in a statement that the parliament has been views ad being behind expectations and corporate practice.
Nevertheless, an independent legislator Bob Katter was quoted telling the Sky News Television that “People’s private lives are their private lives, but I do make the comment: Not staff. Please fellas, not staff.”
Several lawmakers aired against their views including the Attorney-General Christian Porter who said such a ban as a “very unwieldy law” while the Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus questioning whether such a ban should be legislated.