House debates

Monday, 22 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Members of Parliament: Staff

2:57 pm

Photo of Sharon ClaydonSharon Claydon (Newcastle, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister confirm a member of his staff knew about the reported rape two years ago, another member of his staff said it would be raised with his chief of staff two years ago, his principal private secretary checked in with Brittany Higgins after the Four Corners show last year, his office dealt with journalists on 12 February, and the Prime Minister had no idea about anything until the story broke last Monday?

2:58 pm

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

As I've already advised the House—I thank the member for her question—I first became aware of these matters on 15 February, and I'm advised my staff first became aware of these matters of the sexual assault on 12 February. The other matters that have been raised are the subject of the processes that I've already outlined to the House.