House debates

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Members of Parliament: Staff

3:04 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. Isn't it beyond belief that the Prime Minister didn't know about the reported sexual assault of Brittany Higgins when one member of his staff knew two years ago, a second said it would be raised with the chief of staff two years ago, a third knew the alleged perpetrator had been dismissed two years ago, a fourth checked in with Ms Higgins last year, his office was dealing with media inquiries and the office of the Minister for Home Affairs told the Prime Minister's chief of staff?

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

I have consistently said in this place over the past two weeks that I'm advised my office knew on Friday 12 February, and I have answered honestly that I first knew of the sexual assault allegations on Monday 15 February. I could not have been clearer about that.