‘The Project’s’ Lisa Wilkinson has slammed the tradition inside Parliament House and questioned what else Prime Minister Scott Morrison would not learn about after he denied realizing about Brittany Higgins’ allegation of rape at Parliament House earlier than final week.
After a newspaper revealed a 3rd accusation of rape, Wilkinson queried an alleged text exchange from 2019 the place a fellow Liberal staffer assured Higgins that he’d instructed a member of the prime minister’s workplace about her accusation. In the highly effective phase on ‘The Sunday Project’, Wilkinson additionally skewered the PM for having to ask his spouse recommendation on how one can deal with rape allegations.
“If this actually by no means reached the prime minister, it does beg the query what else would not Scott Morrison get instructed?” she stated.
“Parliament’s tradition inspired a few of the senior workforce surrounding the Prime Minister to see a girl asking for assist as a political drawback first and an individual in want a distant second.”
She continued: “This is a tradition the prime minister has presided over for 3 years.
“Prime Minister, you indicated this week that after a full day to think about the horror of what Brittany says she skilled, you wanted your spouse to inform you how one can react. I’m wondering if that implies that you too have now fallen sufferer to that tradition?”
On Monday afternoon, the ABC reported a fourth woman has made a criticism concerning the man on the centre of Higgins’ allegations.
And now a fourth girl has accused the identical Liberal Party staffer who allegedly raped Brittany Higgins, of allegedly inappropriate sexual behaviour in a Canberra bar.#auspol
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) February 22, 2021
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“Prime Minister, you indicated this week, that after a full day to think about what Brittany says she skilled, you wanted your spouse to inform you how one can react. I’m wondering if that implies that you too have now fallen sufferer to the tradition?” – @Lisa_Wilkinsonpic.twitter.com/ifzuySzA47
— The Project (@theprojecttv) February 21, 2021
Canberra stated on Monday it is going to rapidly ship the results of a deliberate unbiased inquiry into parliament’s office tradition, as strain grows after a newspaper revealed a 3rd accusation of sexual assault.
Two feminine workers of Morrison’s Liberal get together stated final week that they had been raped by the identical man in 2019 and 2020.
Both have but to make a proper police criticism, however Higgins, who has spoken publicly about her alleged rape, stated final week that she would achieve this, although it’s unclear if she has lodged one with police.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham, who’s main an inside inquiry into office tradition, stated he wished an investigation that’s to be arrange subsequent week to be neutral.
“I would like full independence,” he instructed ABC radio. “I would like individuals to have full confidence that this enquiry is genuinely an unbiased (one).”
The criticism course of is anticipated to be a central component of the investigation, he stated, including, “This shouldn’t be one thing that I anticipate to tug on for weeks.”
Fuelling strain on Morrison, the Australian newspaper revealed on Monday the account of a 3rd girl, who stated she had additionally been raped by the unnamed former Liberal get together employee on the night time of June 29 and the morning of June 30 in 2016.
“I imagine his actions represent sexual assault, as a result of he carried out or tried to carry out sexual acts on me whereas I used to be severely intoxicated and unable to supply legitimate and knowledgeable consent,” the unidentified girl instructed the paper.
The incident occurred outdoors parliament, she added.
Already dogged by accusations of improper behaviour in the direction of ladies, Morrison’s Liberals face a barrage of criticism about the best way it dealt with Higgins’ inside criticism to Linda Reynolds, who’s now defence minister.
Higgins has stated she felt strain to not proceed with a proper criticism for concern of dropping her job.
Reynolds final week apologised to Higgins however denied that she or her employees pressured her to not pursue a police criticism.
Morrison stated he solely learnt of the alleged complaints final week, and has sought to placate public anger with an inquiry.
With further information from Colin Packham of Reuters.