In a ridiculous old Woody Allen movie, Sleeper, his character is cryogenically frozen in the 1970s and wakes up a couple of centuries later. He soon finds himself to be a fugitive from the law.
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He disguises himself as a domestic robot and is assigned to serve a rich family as butler. When the family holds a party, the hostess brings out the entertainment - the orgasmic orb.
This futuristic pleasure accessory is a metal sphere about the size of a grapefruit; just touching it is enough to bring on great waves of gratification.
The robot's task is simply to hand it from one guest to the next. But the faux robot finds himself in such a swoon of pleasure that he refuses to let go. Hilarity ensues as the others try to separate an enraptured Woody Allen from his cheap thrills.
In Australian politics, the orgasmic orb is energy policy. The political parties get such intense gratification from touching it that they just refuse to let it go.
Read the comment from The Age by Peter Hartcher - “Little pleasure ahead for Turnbull as MPs wrestle to control energy policy.”