Tue, 16 Feb, 2021

Scott Morrison takes a stand at Jenny's urging

Scott Morrison takes a stand at Jenny's urging

Scott Morrison has issued a personal apology to Brittany Higgins over her alleged rape at Parliament House, revealing his wife urged him to take stronger action.

The Prime Minister has announced he will be launching an investigation into the workplace culture at Parliament House.

He also said his wife Jenny Morrison urged him to think about the issue as a father of two daughters.

“Jenny and I spoke last night, and she said to me, ‘You have to think about this as a father first. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?’

“Jenny has a way of clarifying things. Always has. And so as I’ve reflected on that overnight and listened to Brittany and what she had to say, there are a couple of things here we need to address.

“The first of those is it shatters me that still, in this day and age, that a young woman can find herself in the vulnerable situation that she was in. Not her doing. And we have to do more, whether it’s in this workplace or any other workplace in the country, to ensure that people can work safely in their workplace and be at their best and do what they went into that job to do.

"Brittany talked about it being her dream job. We are all privileged — whether it’s members of Parliament, the people who work in our offices, indeed, those who work in the Gallery and get to do what we do in this place — it is a privilege.

“And we should be able to go about that important work safely. There should not be an environment where a young woman can find herself in such a vulnerable situation. That is not OK.”

News broke of the alleged rape at Parliament House on Monday.

The incident took place just weeks before Scott Morrison called the election on April 10, 2019.

Ms Higgins was just 24 at the time of the incident and only months into her “dream job” of working at parliament.