Navigating the sometimes-tiresome nature of the political grind can be tough, even for the strongest of minds.
But unfortunately for a politician in South Australia, the moment his mind chose to wander has spectacularly played out for the world to see.
Labor MP Jon Gee was caught out playing computer games during a live broadcast of parliamentary proceedings, switching between Freecell and Solitaire while other ministers addressed a Budget Estimates hearing.
Our political reporters have been sitting through hours of ministers and bureaucrats being grilled in Budget Estimates hearings in #saparli this week… But Labor backbencher Jon Gee has found another way to pass the time ♣️♥️♠️ pic.twitter.com/xWle5qZJ51
— ABC Adelaide (@abcadelaide) July 26, 2019
According to Adelaide’s The Advertiser, it’s the first time anyone has been caught in the act since recording of proceedings began.
When contacted by the newspaper, Mr Gee fired back, telling the journalist to “report on real news”.
Luckily for the South Australian, he’s not the first global parliamentarian to have been spotted deviating from the task at hand.
British Conservative MP Nigel Mills apologised to his compatriots in 2014 after The Sun newspaper published photographs showing him playing Candy Crush Saga during a committee hearing.
And Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg was photographed navigating the augmented reality world of Pokemon Go during heated debate in parliament in 2016.
In a hilarious turn, the country’s Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande was speaking at the time – he was also sprung playing the game in a national security meeting two months earlier.