Question Time: Scott Morrison says parliamentary rape allegation ‘very distressing’

The Morrison Authorities has been questioned over its obligation of care for a lady, who claims she was sexually assaulted at parliament by a colleague.

Britney Higgins broke her silence on Monday telling she was dropped at a proper employment assembly concerning the incident in Defence Minister Linda Reynolds’ workplace – the place the sexual assault allegedly occurred within the early hours of March 23, 2019.

In Question Time on Monday, the opposition requested the prime minister if the federal government had afforded her an acceptable obligation of care.

“My authorities takes all issues of office security very, very severely,” he instructed the parliament.

“Everybody ought to really feel protected of their office, wherever that’s.

“Studies at present are deeply distressing. This matter is into consideration by police.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also tabled a statement to the House of Representatives about the incident.
Digicam IconPrime Minister Scott Morrison additionally tabled a press release to the Home of Representatives concerning the incident. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Gary Ramage

Mr Morrison mentioned steering was sought from Ms Higgins – who was 24 on the time – about how she wished to proceed and aimed to supply her with assist to make selections in her curiosity.

“This vital greatest apply precept of empowering Miss Higgins is one thing the federal government all the time sought to observe in relation to this matter,” he mentioned.

“This provide of assist and help continues.

“It will be significant that Ms Higgins’ views are listened to and revered.”

The matter stays earlier than the Australian Federal Police.

Senator Linda Reynolds told the Senate she was ‘extremely concerned’ about the wellbeing of Ms Higgins.
Digicam IconSenator Linda Reynolds instructed the Senate she was ‘extraordinarily involved’ concerning the wellbeing of Ms Higgins. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Gary Ramage

In the meantime, questions from Coalition MPs centered on the arrival of greater than 140,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in Australia on Monday.

“That is an historic day for Australia,” Mr Morrison declared to the cheers of his colleagues.

“I can verify that Australia’s first supply of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived.”

Mr Morrison mentioned free and equitable entry to protected and efficient COVID-19 vaccines was the federal government’s coverage.

“One of many largest logistics workout routines ever undertaken on this nation has been deliberate for, Mr Speaker, and is now beneath method,” he mentioned.

Pfizer vaccines are taken to a secure facility.
Digicam IconPfizer vaccines are taken to a safe facility. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Gaye Gerard

However Labor had its sights set on grilling the federal government over its proposed industrial relations modifications.

“Will the Prime Minister now inform the Home whether or not he agrees that two employees doing the identical job on the similar office ought to get the identical pay?” Opposition industrial relations spokesman Tony Burke mentioned.

However Mr Morrison batted away the suggestion.

“In that office, there must be the alternatives for Australians to have the ability to get the hours they’re searching for, to have the ability to lengthen their hours, to have the ability to earn extra of their workplace,” Mr Morrison mentioned, in relation to his authorities’s proposed modifications.

“One of the simplest ways for them to attain that’s if they’re working for companies, Mr Speaker, which can be really making earnings and are literally going ahead.”