Since news broke last week of Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape in a ministerial office in 2019, three other women have come forward, alleging sexual assault by the same Morrison government ministerial staffer. Higgins is expected to make a formal complaint to police this week.
Each allegation sheds light on a system that privileges political considerations above everything, and enables and emboldens systematic and highly gendered abuses of power.
By Friday, four separate inquiries had been launched. These include
a review of culture in Coalition MPs’ offices
a review of the formal links between the Department of Finance (which administers ministerial and parliamentary services) and parliamentary offices
a review of correspondence to determine when and who within the…