House debates

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Minister for Defence

2:20 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Brittany Higgins was, reportedly, sexually assaulted in the defence minister's office almost two years ago. The Prime Minister said just here that his office was not informed about this until just weeks ago. Is it acceptable that the defence minister was aware that a reported serious crime had been committed in her office but did not inform the Prime Minister or his office?

2:21 pm

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

It is not, and it shouldn't happen again.