AFP took two years to brief Peter Dutton about Brittany Higgins’s rape allegations
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) took almost two years to inform the government about the alleged rape of a staffer in Parliament House, briefing Minister Peter Dutton just days before the story went public.
- Mr Dutton says he first learned about the rape on February 11 and received updates last week
- Brittany Higgins says she met with police shortly after the alleged rape in March 2019
- The AFP’s guidelines says it has to report “politically sensitive” investigations to the Home Affairs minister
Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleges she was assaulted by a colleague in the office of her then-boss, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds in March 2019.
Ms Higgins met with the AFP shortly after the incident, but asked officers not to pursue an investigation in April 2019.