UPDATE 2.17pm: A CHRISTIAN Democrat MP has conceded a staff member looked at internet porn, but “for just a few seconds”.

An audit of NSW parliamentary computers showed porn was accessed under Reverend Fred Nile’s log-on.

Sources said that up to 200,000 suspect hits had been recorded, but Mr Nile said research into the Australian Sex Party could be responsible for the hits.

The MP insisted neither he nor any member of his staff had been “sitting there perving” on porn movies in Parliament House.

“My senior researcher has conducted a lot of research into the pornography industry at my request because we have bills dealing with increasing the ban on pornographic materials,” he said.

“I have not accessed or viewed any of those sites but my researcher has, particularly … the Sex Party, Eros Foundation and others and through those sites, they do have links to hardcore pornographic material which (those websites) support.”

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An audit of NSW parliamentary computers, which has already resulted in the resignation of Labor minister Paul McLeay from cabinet, showed adult content had been accessed under Mr Nile’s log-on.

Mr Nile said his researcher viewed the porn sites briefly to ascertain what it was before shutting it down.

“He has not viewed any pornographic materials at all,” he said.

“He’s only opened up the sites so he could see what material was on the site but hasn’t actually viewed the material.

“You only have to (view it) for a few seconds to get the drift of what material is on that particular website.”

Mr Nile said his personal parliament computer log-on, also used by a part-time researcher, had been cleared by the clerk as not having any pornography hits.

His office added that 200,000 hits was impossible.

The other two computers in his office, used by his two fulltime staffers, would be investigated next, he said.

Mr Nile does not use a computer in the state office, preferring to use his Blackberry phone.

He said the porn site research was used for questions, speeches and bills, including the federal Labor government’s internet filter plan.

”(Staff) were researching the links as to who is promoting this material and supporting it, such as the Sex Party,” Mr Nile said.

When asked what this would do for his reputation as a moral crusader, Mr Nile replied: “I suppose it may confuse some people”.

“But they can be quite confident in my own integrity that I have not viewed this material, nor have I had my staff sitting there perving over a pornographic film but investigating this very important social issue area.”

Mr Nile said he had never viewed porn in his entire life, adding he was aware viewing pornography was against state parliament rules and that his staff had logged onto official websites like the Sex Party and the Eros Foundation.

“They’re not banned by parliament but they should be,” he said.

“I’m quite happy for the parliament to conduct an investigation. I’ve asked them to conduct an inquiry into all the computers in my office.”

Mr Nile said he also planned to contact federal police to investigate whether his office computer system had been hacked into.

“I’m very angry about (the report) because it implies Fred Nile personally is sitting in parliament viewing pornographic films,” he said.

“That’s a complete falsehood, a lie.”

Mr Nile said his office has had problems with hackers in the past, citing one incident in which material was stolen from a database.

Ports Minister Mr McLeay was sacked by Premier Kristina Keneally after he admitted accessing online pornography and gambling sites as a minister and as a backbencher.

He is the fourth minister to resign from Ms Keneally’s government in nine months, including David Campbell for visiting a gay sex club and Ian Macdonald over travel rorts.

MP Karyn Paluzzano was sacked for lying to ICAC.

The Government has lost six ministers in 12 months, including Joe Tripodi and John Della Bosca, who resigned a year ago after revelations he conducted an affair in Parliament.

In a teary media conference yesterday outside Parliament, Mr McLeay said he had apologised to the Premier. He said he had offered to resign from the Labor Party.

The audit, by the Department of Parliamentary Services, is understood to have found more than 60,000 suspect hits on Mr McLeay’s log-on.

“I am quite embarrassed to be standing here before you. This behaviour is not the standard expected of Government ministers,” he said.

“I spoke to my wife first, then the Premier, then my mother and that’s why I am here this afternoon.”

The audit was ordered by Speaker Richard Torbay after revelations a former staffer for Ms Paluzzano, Tim Horan, had accessed online gaming.

A firewall was installed in July for Legislative Assembly MPs so they could not view pornography, but Legislative Council President Amanda Fazio elected not to install a firewall for the Upper House.

Before news of Mr McLeay’s resignation broke, Ms Fazio yesterday said she was refusing to implement a similar ban in the Upper House saying she was “against internet censorship”. She said MPs should be able to research pornography.

Ms Keneally announced Mr McLeay’s sacking in the House during Question Time and said he had admitted to accessing online pornography.

“This behaviour is not the standard I expect of a Minister,” she said.

A staffer for Mr Nile, David Copeland, confirmed he had viewed sites to research the activities of the Australian Sex Party and also the proposed internet filter.

It appears neither Ms Fazio nor Mr Torbay conveyed initial reports of the viewing of pornography they received to the Government or Opposition.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/christian-mp-fred-nile-engulfed-in-net-porn-scandal/story-e6frf7l6-1225913110721

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