Yes, the culture in Parliament House is appalling. But there are systemic problems that also need urgent reform

Yes, the culture in Parliament House is appalling. But there are systemic problems that also need urgent reform
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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…



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