House debates

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Questions without Notice

Members of Parliament: Staff

2:29 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. Have the Prime Minister's chief of staff and principal private secretary been interviewed by his former chief of staff, Mr Gaetjens, about their knowledge of the reported sexual assault of Brittany Higgins?

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

I thank the member for her question. Those inquiries are being made by the secretary of my department, the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Those matters are matters for the secretary. I don't involve myself in the investigations or inquiries that the secretary is making independently of me or my office. Those are matters for him. In fact, if I were involved in that process, that would be highly inappropriate. But I note the way that the Secretary to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is referred to in this place, as if there is no secretary of a department who has never worked on any other side of politics. I invite the Leader of the Opposition and the members opposite to accord our department secretaries the respect to which they're entitled.