[Report from Canberra] The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized to Higgins on Tuesday in response to a complaint by a former Liberal Party staff member Brittany Higgins that his alleged rape incident was initially handled.
Higgins alleged that she was raped by a male colleague in the office of then Defense Industry Minister Linda Reynolds one night in 2019.In the days after the alleged rape, she was called to a meeting in Eloth’s office, which was where the alleged rape took place.
Morrison said that he talked to Higgins about these allegations on Monday night. He was "shocked" by these allegations. His wife had told him that "you must think like a father."It should not be possible for an environment that puts young women in such a vulnerable situation.
In addition, Morrison also announced two new measures to better support women's participation in politics.
Morrison said that although all those who tried to provide support to Higgins had genuine goodwill, it was clear that Higgins’s statement on Monday night showed that she did not feel that way. This would not work. It is appropriate for the alleged investigation. .
Western Australian parliament member, former University of Nortre Dame president Celia Hammond (Celia Hammond) will work with the Union parliamentarians to consider improving the principles of parliamentary affairs and formulating new standards.
Morrison said he also asked the Prime Minister and senior cabinet official, Stephanie Foster, to provide advice on how to establish an external complaint-handling procedure so that women can file complaints where the party can’t interfere.
When talking about the meeting between Aloth and Higgins in the office where the alleged rape occurred, Morrison said that it shouldn't have happened, and he apologized for it.He believes that this should also be one of the issues that Foster hopes to determine to ensure that improvements are achieved.
When someone asked why Aloth or other staff members who knew the nature of the incident did not notify him, and whether he had a "don't ask, don't tell policy", Morrison said that this is a very legitimate question and he can guarantee that, He didn't pay attention to this matter, he was not happy, and he promised that everyone knew it.According to the current situation, the incident has been quickly handled as a security incident.
In addition, it is said that Higgins is preparing to request the Australian Federal Police AFP to investigate the incident, and this has also forced the Morrison government to exercise damage control over the alleged failure to fully support Higgins.
At the time of the incident, Ms. Higgins was only 24 years old.She claimed that she woke up when she was raped and told the perpetrator to stop.
The perpetrator was forced to resign a few days after the alleged attack.
After Aloth was forced to defend his approach in Congress on Monday, Higgins said he planned to file a formal complaint with the Treasury Department, requesting the AFP to restart the investigation.
Higgins initially called the AFP to the police quickly, but had previously decided not to pursue it anymore.
Higgins resigned as a Liberal Party staff member last month and has left Canberra.She said she felt panic when she entered and exited the ministerial entrance of the Capitol. Resignation was the only thing she had to do personally. She believed that what they (Liberal Party) did was incorrect and that they should not do this to anyone else.
According to Ms. Higgins' detailed documents, she alleged that Aloth and her acting office director, Fiona Brown, had "directly dealt with" the alleged sexual assault.
A government spokesperson has admitted that this was a mistake on Monday, saying that given the seriousness of the incident, the location of the meeting with Higgins should be considered. In hindsight, this matter is regrettable. (Child force)
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