Senator's Advice: Wear Clean Shorts

DARWIN, Australia -- A senior Australian lawmaker who was once handcuffed in his underpants to a pole during a drunken night in a Russian strip club said Wednesday that he had learned from the experience: "Always wear clean underwear."

Senator Nigel Scullion said he enjoyed his night out in 1998 in St. Petersburg where, as a professional fisherman, he led an Australian delegation at a global fishing conference. The escapade was first reported Tuesday, a week after the 51-year-old married senator was elected deputy leader of the conservative opposition National Party. He was first elected to the parliament in 2001.

"It was a terrific night," Scullion told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "If you ever get an offer to go drinking with Icelandic whalers and Canadian crab fishermen, take them up on it.

"Two important lessons out of life from that: Don't let anyone handcuff you to a post, and make sure you always wear clean underwear," he added.

Scullion struggled to break free from the pole as a fight broke out between Russian sailors and other patrons. He fled the club partially clothed.