/ 17 February 2021

Apologies for Higgins

Both PM Morrison and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds apologised to former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins yesterday after she spoke out about how she was treated following an alleged sexual assault by a colleague in Reynolds’ Parliament House office in 2019. Morrison yesterday said his wife Jenny told him that “You have to think about this as a father first. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?” That led him to reflect, he said, and “it shatters me that still, in this day and age, that a young woman can find herself in the vulnerable situation that she was in. Not her doing.” (Cue debate about his ‘father of daughters’ response…) More needs to be done on workplace safety for women, he said, and so formal reviews will be taken into the complaints process for staffers and the treatment of women working in federal politics.

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