Brittany Higgins’ shocking story must be a turning point. Women in politics have had enough | Katharine Murphy

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Brittany Higgins should be the one to tell you, in her own words, about the first time she told the office chief of staff that she believed she had been sexually assaulted by a more senior colleague on a couch in parliament house in March 2019.

“At that point I hadn’t processed the trauma of what had happened,” the former Liberal staffer told me this week. “I hadn’t articulated it broadly to myself, and I was kind of scared of this person because he sort of outranked me and I was new to the office.” Higgins had only been working for Linda Reynolds for a few weeks.

“Then on the Tuesday [26 March 2019] … my former chief of staff came in. She wasn’t normally Canberra-based and she came into the office that day. I think she stated that she wanted to speak to [my colleague]…

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