Prime Minister Scott Morrison demands change after rape allegations

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the alleged rape of a former Liberal Celebration staffer is a wake-up name that should drive change inside Parliament Home.

He has requested Curtin MP Celia Hammond, a former college vice chancellor, to work with social gathering whips and MPs to enhance office requirements and defend employees.

“All of us have a job to play in that. I do, members of this place do,” he instructed reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the alleged rape of a former Liberal Party staffer is a wake-up call that must drive change within Parliament House.
Digicam IconPrime Minister Scott Morrison says the alleged rape of a former Liberal Celebration staffer is a wake-up name that should drive change inside Parliament Home. Credit score: Sam Mooy/Getty Pictures

Division of Prime Minister and Cupboard deputy secretary Stephanie Foster may even evaluation processes for office allegations.

An automated reporting obligation to division officers can be established.

Brittany Higgins alleges she was sexually assaulted by a male colleague within the workplace of federal Liberal minister Linda Reynolds after an evening out in 2019.

She determined to not pursue a police criticism on the time as a result of she felt stress that doing so would have an effect on her employment.

Ms Higgins has since resigned from her job in authorities and plans to reinstate the police criticism.

Celia Hammond.
Digicam IconCelia Hammond. Credit score: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

She additionally plans to provoke a proper criticism with the Division of Finance, which handles work-related ministerial employees complaints.

Senator Reynolds instructed parliament on Monday she by no means compelled Ms Higgins to decide on between her job and making a police criticism.

The minister additionally expressed remorse for organising a proper assembly concerning the incident in the identical room the alleged rape occurred.

“My solely precedence all through this matter was the welfare of my then-staff member and making certain that she acquired the assist that she wanted,” she mentioned.

“That included making certain that she was clear concerning the assist out there to her and her proper to make a proper criticism to the Australian Federal Police ought to she select to take action.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Richard Marles said the alleged rape was an indictment on political workplace culture.
Digicam IconDeputy Chief of the Opposition Richard Marles mentioned the alleged rape was an indictment on political office tradition. Credit score: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

Labor deputy chief Richard Marles mentioned the alleged rape was an indictment on political office tradition.

“It is not making an attempt to make this a partisan situation, as a result of it is not, it is throughout the political tradition,” he instructed ABC radio.

“Girls play a essential function and in reality we have to see them taking part in an even bigger function inside our political sphere.

“However it is a main situation and one which is in the end an unlimited disincentive for girls to be concerned.”

Labor MP Peta Murphy needs an unbiased physique established inside parliament to take care of complaints, describing office cultures within the constructing as a systemic and cultural drawback.

“It is what we have seen in workplaces all over the world and in Australia, that when there are energy imbalances and no processes to take care of them, then incidents will occur,” she instructed reporters in Canberra.

“We have to not solely present and behave in a manner that Australians count on us to, we have to ensure that Australians are assured that there are processes on this place to carry folks to account once they do not.”

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