/ 16 February 2021

Darkness in the corridors of power

Allegations by a young female Liberal Party staffer that she was raped by a colleague were published yesterday by news.com.au. Brittany Higgins, who was 24yo when the alleged attack occurred in 2019, says it happened in senior minister Linda Reynolds’ Parliament House office. Because she and the accused man entered the office after hours on a Friday night, a security enquiry was triggered, and Higgins was asked for an explanation by her superiors. She says she felt she couldn’t make a formal complaint without sacrificing her “dream” job of working as a political staffer. Politicians from the major parties voiced their concern for Higgins yesterday, with PM Scott Morrison saying he “takes all such matters and all matters of workplace safety very, very seriously.” Labor Senator Kristina Keneally said Reynolds and the Coalition need to explain whether Higgins was properly supported. Reports say Higgins is considering re-engaging with police, who say the matter remains open.

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