/ 20 July 2021

Women have more to say on Parliament House culture

An interim report into what sort of place Parliament House is to work that’s being led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins was released yesterday. The review, which was launched after former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins spoke out about an alleged rape, is not looking any specific claims of misconduct, bullying or assault. Instead, it will recommend ways to make it a safer place to work. Out of the 345 people who have been interviewed or made a submission so far, 72% were women. Getting the pollies to engage with the review looks like a challenge with 16 current or former MPs and senators contributing so far, and 12 more booked in for a chat in the coming months. Jenkins yesterday said it’s a “once-in-a generation opportunity for change”. The final report is due in November.

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