A comedy show, telecasted in ABC TV, showed the reel Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson canoodling on the floor of the PM"s office, using the Australian flag as a sheet.
However, the ABC overruled all controversy while defending the disputed scene. A spokesperson for the comedy show has been quoted as saying, "If it"s OK for others to drape themselves in our flag for all manner of occasions, I really don"t see why it can"t be draped over our prime minister as a symbol of love."
Despite ABC's clarification, the scene of the comic show faced criticism. Showing "lack of respect" in the scene, monarchist Professor David Flint said, "I think a bit more discretion when using the flag is appropriate, even when you are trying to make a joke."
"(National flag should not) fall or lie on the ground or be used as a cover (although it can be used to cover a coffin at a funeral)," said a government protocol officer.