Australian Senator comes ‘clean’ on pole incident

The incident happened in St. Petersburg Russia in 1998. From the Herald Sun

NATIONALS deputy leader Nigel Scullion had some advice to anyone found tied to a pole in their undies in a nightclub in St Petersburg – make sure you wear clean underwear.

Senator Scullion has won the backing of his conservative colleagues after confirming he had spent a wild night in Russia a decade ago.

The Northern Territory senator broke his silence yesterday on a 1998 visit to a St Petersburg nightclub, declaring he had no regrets — despite being stripped to his underpants and handcuffed to a pole.

“We had a lovely night. It’s unfortunate people would see that as bad,” Senator Scullion said.

“This was 10 years ago and I was a fisherman.

“Everybody has a colourful past, I think most Territorians do. That’s just part of that.”

In September 1998, Senator Scullion was the head of an Australian fishing delegation to the former Russian capital.

Yesterday, he described the visit as a big night out with “lunatic fishermen from Newfoundland”.

And he had some advice to anyone found in a similarly uncompromising position — make sure you wear clean underwear.

Great advice. You got to admire the Senator, no excuses, no trips to some obscure place for treatment. Why can’t American politicians air their dirty laundry this way?

On second thought……….

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