AN AUSTRALIAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT has left his post after his tent pole became a news item.
Australian MP Peter Dowling has resigned in the fallout of revelations from his mistress, which included sharing pictures of his wedding tackle. One of the photographs apparently was of Dowling's dinkle marinating in a glass of red wine. But it is the MP's face that is red this morning.
"I am not proud of the events plastered all over the paper... I can't and won't defend any part of it," said the Ethics Committee chairman in Parliament according to a report in the Courier Mail.
"I am today voluntarily stepping aside from both committee roles so that this matter can be fully investigated and considered by the Clerk of Parliament. I don't want pity, I only ask that my family be left alone while this matter is considered by the Clerk."
Dowling is not alone in being a politician with a member almost as well known as himself, and last month we were greeted to a shot of a Swedish MP's sausage.
Apparently they take this sort of thing differently in Sweden, and no resignation followed.
"Summer's wonderful. The willy picture is today's hot topic. Completely by accident, though. The future will see a more thorough uploading review process," commented Swedish politician Lars Ohly after his brief Instagram flash. µ