Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday apologized to a woman, In Australian Parliament, the rape of a woman, promised an investigation
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday apologized to a woman who alleged she had been raped in the country’s parliament by an unidentified colleague and promised a thorough investigation into the government’s workplace culture.
According to the woman’s statement, in March 2019, she confessed to the rape in the office of Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds. A man who also worked for Morrison’s ruling Liberal Party.
He told local media that he gave details to police in early April this year, but he declined to make a formal complaint because he was concerned about his career. Capital police confirmed that they spoke to the complainant in April 2019, but he refrained from making a formal complaint.
On Tuesday, Morrison apologized to the woman and promised an investigation.
“It shouldn’t have happened and I’m apologizing,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra. “I want to make sure that any young woman working in this place is as safe as possible.”
Morrison said he has hired Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet official Stephanie Foster to review the process of preventing workplace complaints, but a backbench lawyer will be tasked with investigating the workplace culture.
Morrison has come under pressure from the Liberal Party over allegations of mistreatment of women.
In 2019, female backbench lawmakers said they were ashamed to support a move to oust then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, when last year a former female Liberal staff member made official allegations of misconduct through then-Immigration Minister Alan Tuz.