A assessment of Federal Parliament’s office tradition is prone to end in extra staffers elevating severe allegations of mistreatment, in response to the Opposition.
- Australia’s Intercourse Discrimination Commissioner is main a assessment of Parliament’s office tradition
- The assessment was prompted by a rape allegation made by former staffer Brittany Higgins
- Labor warns it’s prone to expose different allegations of staffers being mistreated
Intercourse Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has been appointed to lead the review, which was prompted by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’s allegation that she was raped at Parliament Home in 2019.
Labor frontbencher Katy Gallagher mentioned the Opposition was searching for an assurance from Ms Jenkins that present and former employees would be capable of increase their issues confidentially.
“I’d anticipate that if employees are given the chance [that] they really feel protected and that they really feel their data goes to be protected,” she mentioned.
“I’d anticipate, and in a way I’d hope, that we do see extra complaints or allegations or issues or experiences of bullying, sexual harassment, had been to return ahead via this course of.
“I believe it will be a misplaced alternative if we do not.
“And I do not suppose we are able to stand right here and all truthfully say that we do not suppose there shall be extra. As a result of if we did not suppose there can be extra, why would we be having the inquiry?”
Ms Jenkins has been requested to report again by November this yr, however will present a “public progress replace” in July.
In a press release on Friday, she mentioned the assessment would hear from present and former parliamentarians, in addition to their present and former staffers.
“I urge each employees member to share their experiences with us by way of a confidential written submission or interview,” Ms Jenkins mentioned.
“Your first-hand experiences shall be vital to this assessment and can construct a safer, extra equal office for everybody.”
Ms Jenkins mentioned the assessment wouldn’t examine particular person issues or allegations.
Liberal MP Julian Leeser mentioned he hoped it will assist to revive public confidence in Parliament.
“I had an intern begin this week and I mentioned to her, ‘How are you feeling about coming to work within the parliament? How are you feeling? What are your folks saying to you’?” he mentioned.
“As a result of I needed to reassure her that it’s a protected working setting.
“That it is a spot the place individuals come to do great issues to assist our neighborhood and our nation.”