House debates

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Parliament House: Staff

2:50 pm

Photo of Tanya PlibersekTanya Plibersek (Sydney, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister confirm that one member of his staff knew about the reported sexual assault of Brittany Higgins two years ago; a second member of his staff said it would be raised with his chief of staff two years ago; a third member of his staff knew the alleged perpetrator had been dismissed two years ago; a fourth member of his staff checked in with Ms Higgins after Four Corners last year; and his office dealt with journalists on 12 February, and yet the Prime Minister still says he had no idea about anything until the story broke last Monday?

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

I can confirm to the House that I am advised my office became aware of the matter regarding the sexual assault on 12 February 2021. I can confirm that I did not become aware of the allegation of a sexual assault until 15 February 2021.

I can also tell you, Mr Speaker, that at the time of these incidents several years ago the issue of sexual assault was not raised with my office. That's what I'm advised.