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Australian Politician Caught Viewing Porn

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the stiff-opposition-party dept.

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destinyland writes "An Australian Parliament member has resigned after admitting he'd used government computers to access porn and gambling sites. McLeay 'gave an uncomfortable press conference outside Parliament House,' notes one technology site, 'during which he admitted he had acted in a standard not expected of cabinet ministers.' Paul McLeay was also the Minister for Mineral and Forest Resources as well as the Minister for Ports and Waterways. In resigning, he apologized to his constituents and parliamentary colleagues, as well as to his wife and family."

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What I care about (5, Insightful)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | about 4 years ago | (#33563466)

I don't care if a politician was caught watching internet porn. A lot of people (if not most) do it and politicians are no exception.

I do care if a politician was caught paying for internet porn. That tells me a lot about whether he's able to spend money wisely.

Re:What I care about (3, Insightful)

DaMattster (977781) | about 4 years ago | (#33563500)

Well, we know the CEOs, CIOs, and CFOs have admitted to it. Yes, it is a misuse of taxpayer funded systems but I don't think it is really that bad. It would be worse if said politican were railing against pornography all the while engaging in it. Nothing pisses me off more than a hypocritical politican so I guess I hate most, if not all politicans.

Re:What I care about (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#33564718)

Here's the tactic I woulda used:

"I did not view porn."

"It was just naked men and women"

Maybe Australia should hook-up their new filtered internet to the government offices first? Hmmmm. I wonder why such a low-populated country keeps appearing in the news so often?

Re:What I care about (3, Insightful)

sycodon (149926) | about 4 years ago | (#33564852)

Because if you can't find free porn on the internet, you're an idiot and have no business running the government.

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33565668)

This... is a platform I could vote for.

Re:What I care about (1)

slysithesuperspy (919764) | about 4 years ago | (#33565928)

Someone who can't find free porn on the internet sounds sounds a bit overqualified for a government position.

Re:What I care about (0, Flamebait)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | about 4 years ago | (#33563522)

I don't care if a politician was caught watching internet porn. A lot of people (if not most) do it and politicians are no exception.

I do care if a politician was caught paying for internet porn. That tells me a lot about whether he's able to spend money wisely.

There you go!

And they should just fess up to it - regardless of what they say in public, they're all hypocrites and they all look at porn, or are really gay, like to gamble and are cheating on their wives. AND the more "pro family values" they are, the more likely they are closet perverts. Really anti-gay? Pffft! They're getting blowjobs in a bathroom somewhere while looking all hetero-sexual and whatnot in public.

Family values == closet pervert.

There are no exceptions.

Re:What I care about (1)

operagost (62405) | about 4 years ago | (#33564402)

So anyone who says he's against rape is a rapist?

Re:What I care about (4, Insightful)

darthdavid (835069) | about 4 years ago | (#33564584)

Anon.Clown was a little ham-handed is his phrasing, but to say it better, anyone who builds an entire career based on publicly decrying something which is seen as immoral by some but not all of their constituents has a pretty good chance of having skeletons of that nature in their closet. The phrase "Methinks the lady doth protest too much" springs to mind. It's a well known psychological phenomenon that people trying (incompetently) to hid embarrassing personal habits are often the loudest voices shrieking about how awful those habits are.

That doesn't mean that every person who speaks out against something is guilty of it, it just means that you should look carefully at the people with nothing better to do than talk about how immoral someone else is, because they might just be trying to divert attention from their own indiscretions.

Re:What I care about (-1, Offtopic)

SomeJoel (1061138) | about 4 years ago | (#33565164)

It's a well known psychological phenomenon that people trying (incompetently) to hid embarrassing personal habits are often the loudest voices shrieking about how awful those habits are.

Your such an idiot, you misspelled "hide".

Re:What I care about (1)

darthdavid (835069) | about 4 years ago | (#33565274)

I know the difference between those two words, unfortunately they're both valid words in my spell checker so it's rather easy for that sort of error to slip into a post if I only give it a cursory read-through before clicking submit.

I really think though, that rather than being a spelling/grammar nazi discussing would be better served by examining the actual content of my post.

Also, you're such an idiot. Your refers to possession. You're is a contraction of you are. Unless you're implying that I own 'such an idiot' you should have used the latter, not the former.

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33565558)

what i find amazing - someone beneath idiocy actually gave you points for wasting slashdot discussion space on that one little misspelling instead of modding you into -1 worthless dumbass troll world where you belong. but i understand your point wasn't to call attention to the misspelling, but to the absolute failure that slashdot modding has become. In which case, you deserve the up score.

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33565716)

Your a closet misspeeler aren't you?

Re:What I care about (1)

Xacid (560407) | about 4 years ago | (#33563710)

Could have been worse. Could have pulled a Mark Sanford.

Re:What I care about (2, Insightful)

xtracto (837672) | about 4 years ago | (#33563842)

I do not care if a politican is caught watching porn, or if he buys porn.

I DO care if a politician watches porn DURING HIS WORK TIME or using his workplace resources. Mainly because he is wasting our hard earned tax money of which they get a helluva lot.

Re:What I care about (2, Insightful)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | about 4 years ago | (#33564158)

If he was caught updating his personal Facebook account during work, would you be upset? And if he checked his personal mail? Or maybe just browsed a shopping site for half an hour, looking for a new oven (because his wife was pestering about her wanting a new one)?
Actually, for people who are not paid by the hour, this is less of an issue. If I pay you X$ (AU$) an hour to do a job, I want you to be working during that hour. If I pay you Y$ a month/year to do a job, I don't care how long you are in the office. Do whatever you want, just get the job done.
If you don't have a problem with the above scenarios, but you have a problem with him watching porn in his office, then we have a different discussion. I myself think porn is perfectly OK, and if no one is around while you do it, I don't care (If other people are around, they might be offended because of their personal beliefs, so I wouldn't open a porn flick near them). Of course, this is my opinion, and everyone is free to have his own opinion... although I am sure that I am correct and you are not! :)

Re:What I care about (1)

Americano (920576) | about 4 years ago | (#33564610)

If it's not part of his job description, and his job has policies in place that expressly forbid visiting a site (or category of sites) from work equipment, and I was paying his salary, then yes, I would be upset with him for doing so. Since we can tick off the "YES" column to all of these, I think it's reasonable that he's resigning. Same applies to personal mail, shopping, gambling, or anything else - if those conditions are true, then don't do it.

If he wants to check Facebook on his phone, or a personal computer, rock on - it's not about 'during work hours,' it's about 'behaving in direct opposition to workplace Acceptable Use policies for computers & other systems.' Very simple rule of thumb: If it's against the rules your employer has set out as conditions of your continued employment, DON'T FUCKING DO IT.

Re:What I care about (1)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | about 4 years ago | (#33564842)

Of course, if there are specific rules against doing what he did, then there is no questions about him not doing this. I was talking more about the "moral" question, assuming there are no guidelines/rules.

Re:What I care about (4, Insightful)

DrgnDancer (137700) | about 4 years ago | (#33563854)

What I can't figure is: what's so hard about "don't watch porn on work computers"? No is saying "don't watch porn", just don't use company/government resources to do it. It's not a hard concept. It's not a foreign concept. Hell most of us carry around portable, largely untraceable Internet devices in our pockets these days. If you GOTTA have a fix, get some head phones and use that.

Personally I've never seen the draw of porn at a time when I can't really conveniently... eh.. use it. So to speak.

Re:What I care about (1)

ProppaT (557551) | about 4 years ago | (#33564026)

I know, really? I thought that's why we all had smart phones now.

Re:What I care about (1)

bjourne (1034822) | about 4 years ago | (#33564088)

It's quite possible that he can't watch it at home so he has to use the governments computer to get his "porn fixes."

Re:What I care about (1)

DrgnDancer (137700) | about 4 years ago | (#33564160)

Well apparently he can't watch it at work either... Who'd have thought?

Re:What I care about (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | about 4 years ago | (#33564478)

Actually the workplace is a neutral environment where men and women with varying moral attitudes have to work together and so you shouldn't browse porn at work even on your own devices. Public places have a different standard of behavior because they have to be used by all of us. So by all means browse whatever you like at home but don't do it at work, in the local library, at Starbucks, etc...

Re:What I care about (1)

frehe (6916) | about 4 years ago | (#33565498)

Actually the workplace is a neutral environment where men and women with varying moral attitudes have to work together and so you shouldn't browse porn at work even on your own devices.

Is it ok according to you to wear religious insignia, such as a cross formed necklace, to work?

Re:What I care about (1)

demigod (20497) | about 4 years ago | (#33565462)

Hell most of us carry around portable, largely untraceable Internet devices in our pockets these days.

I don't know what your carrying around in you pocket, but I've never heard of a "largely untraceable Internet devices" before. Please tell me more.

Re:What I care about (1)

DrgnDancer (137700) | about 4 years ago | (#33565576)

The device is of course traceable, but from a practical perspective getting a hold of the information required to prove it was being used to look at porn in the work place is beyond the means of anyone other than law enforcement or a news reporter willing to break some laws. Sure AT&T knows what I do with my phone, but short of a warrant, they're not likely to tell anyone. Certainly they'd pretty much laugh if someone called and said "This is DrgnDancer's boss, can you please give me a detailed report of his online activities for the last week".

Hence "largely" untraceable. It's not secure, but it's secure enough for most purposes.

Re:What I care about (1)

ksandom (718283) | about 4 years ago | (#33565880)

I imagine it's pretty similar to the trill of having sex in a public place. You're not supposed to be doing that there, and the risk is a turn on. For me, that risk isn't worth the consequences, but everyones' priorities are different.

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33566272)

no such thing as a "untraceable" internet device, and if he was using his iPhone on a gov network he would still be breaking all kinds of rules as well regardless of how "untraceable" you think it would be, I am sure the IT staff knows every site that gets visited by every devices MAC address very easily.

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563874)

I do care if a politician was caught paying for internet porn. That tells me a lot about whether he's able to spend money wisely.

So, by your logic, if he was making porn, that makes him a better politician?
I mean, c'mon, you don't care if he chooses to watch porn, but it makes a BIG difference if he spends his income on it?
Maybe he could make some hypocrite porn for you.

Re:What I care about (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#33563930)

Considering the copious numbers of websites that stream it for free (redtube, youporn, etc.), paying for it at this point is literally being fiscally irresponsible.

I believe the GPs point was more about fiscal responsibility, rather than the act itself.

Re:What I care about (1)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | about 4 years ago | (#33564264)

I spent thousands of dollars on my guitars, effects and amp (VOX AC30, gotta love it). Does this make me fiscally irresponsible? Everyone has things he likes to spend money on, we usually call them "hobbies" (and they sometimes entail leaving the basement ). I also buy CDs, although I can download them for free. Does this make me fiscally irresponsible? Maybe I just like the feel of a real CD with the packaging and all? I found out over the years that music that I download I appreciate less than music I bought. No big "save the starving artist" morals, just me listening and appreciating the music more. Maybe he prefers to pay for his porn? Maybe because that's his hobby, maybe because he wants to support the fine actors and actresses or maybe just because he has the money and would like to spend it this way. It's his goddamn money and he can do whatever he wants with it.
It reminds me when people were talking about the cost of Schwarzenegger's cigars. What the fuck do people care? He made his money fair and square and he can do with it whatever he wants.
Stopping looking for bullshit reasons to throw politicians from office and focus on real reasons.

Re:What I care about (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#33564430)

Chill out, take a hit.

I was simply repeating what the GP said for the AC...it wasn't meant to be presented as my own opinion.

Re:What I care about (1)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | about 4 years ago | (#33564758)

Didn't mean to sound so serious. Just used your post a starting point for my thoughts on the manner.

Re:What I care about (1)

Americano (920576) | about 4 years ago | (#33564432)

Uh-oh! Somebody's taking a joke WAAAAY to seriously on the internet!

Re:What I care about (3, Insightful)

c++0xFF (1758032) | about 4 years ago | (#33563976)

I care if he watches porn if he then votes for internet pornography filters [wikipedia.org] . I can't stand hypocrites.

Note that I don't know if this is the case, but it wouldn't surprise me at all.

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564504)

Maybe he is trying to cut off his own supply...

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564870)

That wouldn't make him a hypocrite. Maybe he wishes he wasn't able to view porn so easily...

Re:What I care about (2, Informative)

godel_56 (1287256) | about 4 years ago | (#33566092)

I care if he watches porn if he then votes for internet pornography filters [wikipedia.org] . I can't stand hypocrites.

Note that I don't know if this is the case, but it wouldn't surprise me at all.

This guy is in the NSW state government, the Internet filter is a federal matter.

Re:What I care about (3, Insightful)

ljgshkg (1223086) | about 4 years ago | (#33564208)

Agreed. I don't care if he's watching internet porn or not during any time. I only care if he's doing his job well. A politician spending all of his time working for his own benefit (or for his next election? hence doing "his job", or so it seems) might well be doing a worse and less useful job than a politician watching a bit of porn using tax payer funded systems.

this crap again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564468)

OK, we get it, you're quite the clever fellow because you can find free porn on the internet. Why does that mean that nobody else should pay for it? There is a wide variety of porn out there, and if a person finds something in particular that entertains them why shouldn't they support the creators? It's not like pornographers are the MPAA/RIAA or something.

Re:What I care about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564792)

I think that the biggest deal here is that Australian politicians are actively trying to censor the internet, so seeing something like this is a bit hypocritical.

Re:What I care about (2, Insightful)

teh kurisu (701097) | about 4 years ago | (#33565234)

I do care if a politician was caught paying for internet porn. That tells me a lot about whether he's able to spend money wisely.

What if he (or she) is caught trying to claim it on parliamentary expenses [bbc.co.uk] ?

Glass Houses, People (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 4 years ago | (#33563478)

glass houses.

Pornrights (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563482)

A minister should enjoy the right to watch porn. I should found an advocacy group: Porn4All.

What Else is New? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563494)

I hope he "relieved" himself before he resigned or else it was a pointless viewing "exercise"

No, it can't be... (2, Insightful)

the_one_wesp (1785252) | about 4 years ago | (#33563496)

Oh no!!! A human being doing things that human beings do! I demand that government officials be MORE robot like, not less!

Not for the reason you'd think... (3, Insightful)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | about 4 years ago | (#33563518)

The reason why they're making such a fuss over his porn and gambling is that he had to bypass the Great Firewall of Australia to access them. When it comes to accessing sex and gambling on the internet, that's where Australia draws the line!!!

Re:Not for the reason you'd think... (5, Funny)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | about 4 years ago | (#33563956)

It's the Great Firewall of China and the Great Barrier Router of Australia.

Get your jokes right.

Re:Not for the reason you'd think... (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | about 4 years ago | (#33564100)

I just got learned.

*'The More You Know' shooting star crashes into Hindenberg*

Typical soccer mom's thoughts (1)

mischi_amnesiac (837989) | about 4 years ago | (#33564234)

Oh no! He watched porn!

Over here (germany) she would have said: Oh no! He ist just like my son!

Re:Not for the reason you'd think... (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | about 4 years ago | (#33564400)

The reason why they're making such a fuss over his porn and gambling is that he had to bypass the Great Firewall of Australia to access them.

Why has everyone modded this as insightful rather than funny? The Internet filter was never rolled out in Australia, and after the results of the last election it is dead in the water.

Re:Not for the reason you'd think... (1)

Caerdwyn (829058) | about 4 years ago | (#33565538)

The filter wasn't rolled out (i.e. preemptive enforcement). The laws regarding hosting and access, however, remain in place, and have been there for some time. Put naked pictures on a website, and they still can arrest you and label you a sex offender, whether the filtering firewall exists or not.

Welcome to Australistan.

What Percentage Of Internet Users View Porn? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563528)

It's basically the same as masturbation, guys. Yes, we all do it, but that doesn't mean that you can do it at work. Especially if you work at McDonalds. Please.

Re:What Percentage Of Internet Users View Porn? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 4 years ago | (#33564528)

And for gawd's sake please, please no "special sauce" jokes!

Re:What Percentage Of Internet Users View Porn? (1)

domatic (1128127) | about 4 years ago | (#33564734)

Fine. The 'special sauce' is just thousand island dressing away. But such an incident would give me severe doubts about the mayo.

Re:What Percentage Of Internet Users View Porn? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564986)

If you can get/watch porn on a McDonald's cash register *while* performing your duties as a checker, you deserve a medal and a job programming at google.

Baaaaa (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 years ago | (#33563532)

Apparently some of it involved sheep. When questioned as to whether they were rams or ewes, he replied, "Ewes, yer flamin' drongo! What do you think I am, a bloomin' pervert?".

Re:Baaaaa (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 4 years ago | (#33564562)

"And why are ye all laughin'?"

"All those ewes to choose from, and ye picked the ugliest one in the flock!"

What's the matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563542)

Porn is awesome.

Re:What's the matter? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 4 years ago | (#33564330)

You tell us, why are you posting as AC?

Re:What's the matter? (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 4 years ago | (#33564912)

Because anonymity is awesome too!

Besides, he said porn is awesome, not that the public declaration of your love of porn is awesome.

A antipodean Peter Griffin? (1)

Goffee71 (628501) | about 4 years ago | (#33563546)

What did you think was going to happen...

Trust /. to miss the point entirely (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563566)

It's not about the fact that he was looking at porn; it's that he was doing it using government funds and on government time. If he'd been doing it on his own time with his own computer and internet connection... well, he'd probably still be in the shit with family values groups, but he wouldn't have had to resign for it.

Re:Trust /. to miss the point entirely (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563626)

Yeah, well, power corrupts. Politicians think they are above the law.

Now if only someone would come up with a way to get rid of them [metagovernment.org] .

Re:Trust /. to miss the point entirely (1)

Myopic (18616) | about 4 years ago | (#33563954)

Well, it was both of those things wasn't it?

Re:Trust /. to miss the point entirely (2, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 4 years ago | (#33564290)

t's that he was doing it using government funds and on government time

No, it's the porn. People do personal stuff at work all the time - call their doctors' office, make a photocopy, answer personal e-mail. In fact, I'm sure other Australian government workers do those things all the time, and nobody really cares.

Just a simple mixup ... (2, Funny)

daremonai (859175) | about 4 years ago | (#33563668)

The guy is from New South Wales, and was trawling the Internet, looking for NSW-related information. Somehow, an 'F' slipped into his search string.

Re:Just a simple mixup ... (1)

halber_mensch (851834) | about 4 years ago | (#33563724)

Or he might have been research men's facail hair fashion and misspelled 'goatees'

Re:Just a simple mixup ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564642)

excuse me, I've got to go check to see if a couple of domains are available, brb...

The internet is for porn-Jon Gnarr Mayor Reykjavi (2, Informative)

youroldbuddy (539169) | about 4 years ago | (#33563692)

When asked about what he used the internet for recently, the mayor of Reykjavik (Iceland) Jon Gnarr said he mostly used it for porn. Two feminazis got mad but no one noticed. http://whatson.is/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16567&ew_0_a_id=367354 [whatson.is] Different standards.

Re:The internet is for porn-Jon Gnarr Mayor Reykja (0, Troll)

misexistentialist (1537887) | about 4 years ago | (#33564464)

Probably more accepted because most non-porn sexual activity involves incest in Iceland.

Re:The internet is for porn-Jon Gnarr Mayor Reykja (1)

edremy (36408) | about 4 years ago | (#33566144)

I had to look this guy up, and found out that his platform involves "Free towels in all Swimming Pools, A polar Bear for the Reykjavík Zoo, All Kinds (of things) for Weaklings, Disneyland in the Vatnsmýri area, A drug-free parliament by 2020, Sustainable Transparency, Tollbooths on the border with Seltjarnarnes, to do away with all debt, Free Access to Hljómskálagarðurinn"

Best. Mayor. Ever, even if I don't understand half the words

Obama (-1, Offtopic)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about 4 years ago | (#33563716)

If this were about Obama, then the news would be all about how this was OK, stress relief for an overstressed person, and that it was his private business and shouldn't even be on the news. If this were about GW Bush, then it would probably follow what this guy is getting, except 24/7 on all stations.

Re:Obama (2, Insightful)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | about 4 years ago | (#33563802)

If this was about Obama, you'd probably be one of the loudest voices criticizing him.

How do I know? Because this article isn't about Obama, but you managed to bring him up anyway.

Re:Obama (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about 4 years ago | (#33564950)

The first rule of the Obama fan club is to never talk about the Obama fan club.

Not his fault! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33563836)

Paul McLeay was also the Minister for Mineral and Forest Resources as well as the Minister for Ports and Waterways.

He's minister of all those things... the guy's surely got a professional reason for googling the following phrases:
"rock hard"
"water sports"
and
"sporting wood"

Come on people, he probably clicked the links because he thought they were studies related to his ministership!

When will someone be fired for reading slashdot? (1)

rmcd (53236) | about 4 years ago | (#33563878)

Being fired for porn is not news, even for nerds. Being fired for reading Slashdot at work -- now *that* would be news! (And it would set the community quaking in its boots...)

Re:When will someone be fired for reading slashdot (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 4 years ago | (#33564248)

And it would set the community quaking in its boots...

Only the knuckleheads who can't figure out how to install elinks.

Using my HTC Expresso and Skyfire browser (1)

t0qer (230538) | about 4 years ago | (#33563890)

I can *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* anywhere, anytime*FAP* *FAP* *FAP* even while driving*FAP* *FAP* *FAP*

Skyfire lets me *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* flash video sites like redtube *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* (I love the asian section)

It's this politicians own damn *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* fault for not having the *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* forsight to get *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* a data phone *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* and *FAP* *FAP* *FAP* plan *FAP* *FAP* *FAP**FAP* *FAP* *FAP**FAP* *FAP* *FAP**FAP* *FAP* *FAP**FAP* *FAP* *FAP**FAP* *FAP* *FAP**FAP* *FAP* *FAP**FAP* *FAP* *FAP*

Re:Using my HTC Expresso and Skyfire browser (1)

blair1q (305137) | about 4 years ago | (#33564086)

Your webcam's on. HTH. Ew.

Re:Using my HTC Expresso and Skyfire browser (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 4 years ago | (#33564598)

Wow! Your mastery of one-handed typing on a touchscreen is impressive I can't type that well on my G1 even using both hands!!

To His Wife? (1)

Myopic (18616) | about 4 years ago | (#33563940)

He apologized to his wife for looking at porn? Whoa. That is an obviously dysfunctional marital sexual relationship. For his sake, I hope it was the whole situation he was apologizing for, not the porn specifically.

Re:To His Wife? (1)

hoggoth (414195) | about 4 years ago | (#33564094)

It's more likely he apologized to his wife for losing (or should I say 'loosing' - it is Slashdot after all) his cushy high paid job, getting paparazzi following him and his family, becoming infamous as the 'porn politico'... basically ruining their perfect country club lives because he couldn't wait until he got home to look at boobs.

Re:To His Wife? (1)

frehe (6916) | about 4 years ago | (#33565676)

basically ruining their perfect country club lives because he couldn't wait until he got home to look at boobs.

I assumed the reason he watched porn in the first place, was that he didn't get enough boobs, and other similar things, at home.

Re:To His Wife? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about 4 years ago | (#33564152)

If I was goofing around looking at porn at work, to the point I got caught and lost my job. You bet I would owe my wife an apology.

Re:To His Wife? (1)

frehe (6916) | about 4 years ago | (#33565696)

If I was goofing around looking at porn at work, to the point I got caught and lost my job. You bet I would owe my wife an apology.

Wouldn't it be more appropriate for your wife to owe YOU an apology in that case? I mean, why would you need to look at porn, if she really provided for your needs in that area?

Re:To His Wife? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about 4 years ago | (#33565906)

Maybe she would need to apologize if I were caught at home (I actually don't really think that's the case), but doing such at work is a different story.

And losing your job out of lack of self-control is a bad thing. Even worse if it destroys an entire career.

What a horrible, horrible man! (3, Funny)

multipartmixed (163409) | about 4 years ago | (#33564038)

Man, that's disgusting.

He's so gross, he probably sticks his penis in his wife's vagina!

Philosopher Masturbater? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 4 years ago | (#33564204)

Fourth Bruce: Rule Four, now this term, I don't want to catch anybody not drinking. Rule Five ...

Fourth Bruce: Rule Four, now this term, I don't want to catch anybody not masturbating. Rule Five ...

Fixed that there for you, Bruce . . .

frist ps0t... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564298)

What no intern available? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33564392)

Were the public restrooms locked for glory hole repair?

Dump these Articles (1)

Asmodaie (1823348) | about 4 years ago | (#33564806)

I could care less about who watches what where at what moment with whom. This is just gossip. Doesn't it say, 'news for nerds - stuff that matters' in the headline? I can pick up a tabloid anywhere, thank you very much.

Ok, Ok, someone had to say it... (1)

AustinSlacker (728596) | about 4 years ago | (#33564872)

So he was also the Minister Of Wood? Makes sense that he might need to look at pr0n while "on the job"...ijs (forgive me if this was already thrown out there)

"ports" and "waterways" (1)

captain_dope_pants (842414) | about 4 years ago | (#33565114)

Heh, eheh, heh or was it butthead :-?

Just the same... (1)

Caerdwyn (829058) | about 4 years ago | (#33565480)

Why do Aussie government "officials" have to subscribe to some kind of puritanical standard not applicable to ordinary citizens to get on the Internet?

Oh, wait. Australia. Never mind...

Small fry (1)

200_success (623160) | about 4 years ago | (#33565520)

I can't wait until Senator Conroy gets caught for watching porn.

"porn site" survey inaccurate and unauthorized (2, Informative)

dthomas2 (1520889) | about 4 years ago | (#33565904)

while it would appear the minister may have had some guilty consience,
and there wa irony that Christian MP Fred Nile was "involved"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Nile [wikipedia.org]

* the audit was unauthorised
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/woman-behind-nsw-parliamentary-porn-inquiry-quits-20100906-14y1i.html [smh.com.au]
* the audit did not properly identify "porn sites"
"instances of inappropriate access were registered by the audit if parliamentary staff accessed sites that contained links or advertisements to pornographic or gambling material."
http://www.zdnet.com.au/reports-of-nsw-mp-internet-misuse-flawed-339305748.htm [zdnet.com.au]
the "porn sites" with by far the biggest number of hits were local newspaper ones, apparently because they included on-line dating ads
http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/09/03/nsw-parliament [crikey.com.au] ’s-flawed-prn-hunt/

just doing his job (1)

hAckz0r (989977) | about 4 years ago | (#33566026)

He obviously was just testing those great Internet filters that got voted down in the EU recently. No wonder they didn't implement it, if even a politician could find a gaping hole in it then the filter was apparently not quite ready for the masses. Now if the AU national Internet filter was installed and actually worked like it was advertised then he would have never been successful, in his test of it, thus never caught and accused of surfing for porn. Somebody has to make sure it works, right? </sarcasm>

Get over it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33566072)

Porn is good for you.
The problem is the government officials who take money and all the other stuff they do.
A little titty isn't going to ruin them.
Heck, it might keep them occupied so they don't make trouble for citizens.

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