PM asks for more checks on who in his office knew about rape allegation
But Mr Morrison insisted he only learned of the alleged rape when Ms Higgins went public with her claims this week.
“I can tell you I knew about it on Monday, and frankly it shattered me,” Mr Morrison told reporters on Friday.
Mr Morrison corrected a question from a journalist on Friday suggesting he had been told by the PMO adviser about the incident in 2019.
“That’s not what the report says at all,” Mr Morrison said, referring to a media report on Friday morning. “It says nothing about telling me anything.”
The text to Ms Higgins from her friend, a man who also worked as a ministerial adviser, said he had spoken to another colleague in the Prime Minister’s office. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have seen the text.
The friend had asked Ms Higgins if she wanted…