House debates

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Parliament House: Staff

2:43 pm

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

I have been totally open with this parliament about what is a very sensitive and serious matter. There are a number of processes we are now initiating together to address both the cultural issues here and the support that is necessary in cases like this that staff—or a member of this chamber or the other chamber—would need. That is the issue here. That is what I'm seeking to address.

There is a problem for this parliament to deal with—about the culture, practices and support that are available to people who work in this building. I believe that is the case and I think we need to address it and I'm putting processes in place with this chamber and with the other chamber to address it.

Now, the Leader of the Opposition and the Labor Party continue to seek to point-score on this. They can. That is their right. He can do this, and I'm happy to answer those questions and I'm happy to have the reviews that I've initiated to address this very serious issue. But my focus is on fixing the problem, and the rest of the issues—when they relate to political point scoring—I will leave to the Leader of the Opposition to explain.


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