This is a very Australian thing.
It even made the New York Times – see the link.
What happened was, an Australian cabinet minister had an affair with a staffer, the relationship was outed on (surprisingly) the Murdoch media (surprisingly because the Murdoch media supports the ruling Coalition parties here in Australia ie the conservative “Liberal” and “National” parties) – this all happened a couple of years ago.
The then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull instituted what became known as the “Bonk Ban” – ie minsters and staffers were forbidden from having relationships (this is all true).
Then in recent days a TV show revealed more indiscretions between cabinet minsters and staffers.
Blah blah blah.
So there has been discussion here in Australia about what have become colloquially known as “bonk bans” between people who work together.
Speaking as someone who met his wife of 32 years in the workplace I am just gobsmacked at this as a ridiculous proposition, although I take the point that in the higher echelons of the political world, and actually in lots of workplaces, women get the rough end of the pineapple (as we say in Australia) – ie men take advantage of them and seriously abuse their assumed, and real, power.
Thoughts of The Massive?
Are we still “The Massive”…