Feb 16, 2018

That was then, this is now: the evolution of the ‘bonk ban’

Malcolm Turnbull has finally introduced his ban on boning-down in Parliament House (affectionately known as the bonk ban), leaving more than a few ministers red in the face.

Charlie Lewis ā€” Journalist

Charlie Lewis


So, it finally happened. After a question time that resembled the end of Bonnie and Clyde, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fronted the press to deliver a stinging performance review for his beleaguered deputy Barnaby Joyce and introduce a ban on sexual relations between ministers and their staff -- known across the media of this great land as the bonk ban. This caps off a week of scandal for the government, day upon day of stories piling up against Joyce, which has forced Turnbull to row back his opposition to the ban and, in his withering remarks, much of his support for Joyce. And he's not the only one. Of course, the introduction of a policy seemingly no one wanted will tend to have that affect.

Julie Bishop

"The Government has no business interfering into people's personal lives and we wouldn't want to cross the line, so moral police were able to dictate what happens between consenting adults," Bishop said, two months or so after the government in which she is a senior minister held a public poll on whether same-sex couples had the same validity as straight couples.

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7 thoughts on “That was then, this is now: the evolution of the ‘bonk ban’

  1. gjb

    He really is Barney ‘Rubble’

  2. Jeff Mueller

    Are we at “Chaotic and Incompetent Government” as the headline yet?

    1. paddy

      We’re beyond that Jeff. I think we’ve officially reached “It’s On”. šŸ™‚

  3. AR

    As Zippy the Pinhead sez, “are we having fun yet?”

  4. David Francis

    If the bonk has been banned, will we still be allowed to wank in the office?

    1. jono hoch

      Wanking IS definitely to be encouraged in this non-exploitative (of subordinates AND hopefully, one day, the huge teets attached to the public purse expressly for the privileged elite) enlightened dawn.

  5. Itsarort

    Jim Craig – “I think a man could sooner hold back the tides than tame the mountains”
    Remove ‘mountains’ and insert ‘MP’s Offices’.

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