/ 26 March 2021

‘Let’s chat’, Morrison says to Higgins

A process is being set up within the Prime Minister’s office for complaints to be made against his staff members after former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins made a formal complaint to PM Scott Morrison’s chief of staff yesterday. She claims members of his media relations team were involved in ‘backgrounding’ journalists against her partner. She also said she would like to participate in the review about who inside the PM’s office knew what about her alleged sexual assault. Morrison, who fronted Nine’s A Current Affair last night, said he would be “happy to sit down and have a chat with her” if she wanted. He also thanked her for starting “a very deep and confronting conversation” about the treatment of women in Australia saying “we have gone way deeper, we have gone beyond the sheer shock of violent acts.” Morrison wouldn’t confirm yesterday if Attorney-General Christian Porter and Defence Minister would move portfolios, but speculation continued to mount that a reshuffle is on the cards. And in more bad news for the Liberals on the toxic culture front, Brissie MP Andrew Laming was forced to apologise to 2 women for online trolling.

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