Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Questions without Notice
Members of Parliament: Staff
My question is to the Prime Minister. Brittany Higgins says that the Prime Minister's principal secretary was aware that she had been sexually assaulted in the defence minister's office soon after the reported assault in March 2019. When and how did the Prime Minister first become aware of the reported sexual assault of Brittany Higgins?
As I said this morning, I became aware of the alleged sexual assault at about 8.30 yesterday morning. That is true. That is when I became aware of it. The first time that my office became aware of an alleged sexual assault, I'm advised, was on 5 April of this year. Sorry, I misread that—apologies. It was 12 February 2021. That's when my office first became aware, I'm advised, of an alleged sexual assault.