Brittany Higgins offered apology by former boss, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has apologised to a former staffer who alleges she was raped by a male colleague in 2019.

Brittany Higgins on Monday went public with allegations she was sexually assaulted at Parliament Home after an evening out, as first reported by news.com.au.

Reynolds, her boss on the time, referred to as her into a proper employment assembly concerning the incident in the identical room she was allegedly raped.

Senator Reynolds on Tuesday mentioned she didn’t know the incident had occurred in her workplace and, within the Senate, apologised.

“Saying sorry is usually the toughest factor for these of us who work on this place to say,” she mentioned.

Brittany Higgins.
Brittany Higgins. Credit score: Information Corp

“However can I say at this time, sorry is the best phrase for me to say.

“And I unreservedly apologise to Brittany Higgins and, final night time, all of us heard from Brittany herself in her personal phrases.

“Her trauma, her misery was very, very clear to all to see.”

She mentioned she “deeply, deeply regrets” calling the assembly in her workplace.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds during Question Time in the Senate chamber.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds throughout Query Time within the Senate chamber. Credit score: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

Reynolds mentioned the alleged rapist didn’t resign however as an alternative “was terminated”.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison additionally apologised over the preliminary dealing with of the allegations.

“It shatters me that also, nowadays, {that a} younger girl can discover herself within the weak state of affairs that she was in. Not her doing,” he mentioned.

“And now we have to do extra, whether or not it’s on this office or some other office within the nation, to make sure that individuals can work safely of their office and be at their greatest and do what they went into that job to do.”