/ 07 June 2021

Federal staffer charge as system found wanting

As a review into how federal political staffers report serious workplace incidents of sexual assault and misconduct found issues with the process, a staffer was arrested for indecently assaulting and inappropriately touching his female colleagues between 2014 and 2020. Frank Zumbo runs the office of former-Liberal-turned-independent backbencher Craig Kelly. Out on bail, the 53yo Zumbo will continue to work with 3 women who have made complaints against him. As for former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins, she was hospitalised at the end of last week “after months of sustained political pressure”, her partner David Sharaz said. Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw recently told a Senate committee that “a brief of evidence” on her alleged rape “is likely to be provided to the ACT director of public prosecutions in coming weeks”.

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