Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Questions without Notice
Parliament House: Staff
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?
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.