The Project‘s Lisa Wilkinson last night interviewed former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins who alleges she was raped inside a Parliament House office in 2019.
The story was broken by news.com.au.
It reported that a man working for then-defence industry minister Linda Reynolds took a 24-year-old female media staffer into Parliament House after a Friday night drinking session in March 2019 and allegedly raped her inside the defence industry minister’s office. The man’s name has not been revealed.
Ms. Higgins says she did not make a formal complaint because she wanted to protect her job and the reputation of the Liberal Party. Alarmingly, a follow-up meeting was held inside the same office where the incident allegedly occurred -a decision the Government now regrets.
ACT Policing have confirm they received a report in April 2019 in relation to an alleged assault at Parliament House.
Ms. Higgins did speak to the Australian Federal Police and her chief of staff in the days that followed.
But she ultimately asked the police to halt the investigation on Saturday, April 13, just two days after the Prime Minister called the election.
ABC reports Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government “takes all such matters, all matters of workplace safety, very very seriously”.
“Everyone should feel safe in their workplace, wherever that is.
“The reports today are deeply distressing.”
Last year Four Corners report “Inside the Canberra Bubble”which made allegations about members of parliament and staffers, drawing attention to their behaviour in the context of Malcolm Turnbull’s “bonk ban.”
It led to questions from Communications Minister Paul Fletcher to ABC chair Ita Buttrose and senate estimate questions of ABC managing director David Anderson.
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