Scott Morrison’s office has acknowledged another current prime ministerial adviser knew about the employment termination of a staff member in Linda Reynolds’ office alleged to have raped Brittany Higgins in 2019 because of their “previous role”.
Morrison has repeatedly said his office first became aware of the rape allegation on 12 February. But one of the prime minister’s current staffers, Fiona Brown, knew about the allegation because she managed Higgins in the aftermath when working as chief of staff to Reynolds.
Brown worked for Morrison before she worked for Reynolds, who was the defence industry minister at the time, then returned to Morrison’s office after the 2019 election.
Guardian Australia has now confirmed a second staffer currently employed in the prime…