‘Deeply sorry’: Defence Minister forced to explain rape allegation response
Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week publicly rebuked Senator Reynolds for failing to tell him of the reported assault in her office.
“At the time this was a difficult, it was a complex and it was a highly sensitive matter,” Senator Reynolds said.
“At all times to me, Brittany’s welfare and her right to privacy were paramount.”
Senator Reynolds said Ms Higgins’ story had “occasioned a wide reckoning of how women are treated in this building, it has prompted a national conversation about how we ensure women are safe in their workplace wherever that is”.
“I welcome the review announced by the Prime Minister. My hope now is that we can address this very serious issue as a Parliament away from the politics,” she said.
“I became aware incrementally over a period of days…