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Former liberal officials accused of fourth assault as Morrison administration faces strict surveillance

Former Liberal Party officials were accused of sexually assaulting a fourth woman after being questioned about the Morrison government’s handling of the first alleged rape.

Three women came forward after Brittany Higgins claimed to have been raped by a man who was an adviser to the minister in 2019.

Defense Minister Linda Reynolds is under intense pressure on how to handle allegations made when Ms. Higgins was hired by her.

At question time, Senator Reynolds refused to answer a series of questions regarding a meeting with a federal police aide on rape charges.

“What we talked about at these meetings was not my story,” the minister said.

“I always respect her privacy and her story.”

Higgins said he was fed up with the excuse.

“My privacy has been compromised at every stage of this process,” she told News Corp.

“I don’t think she has respected my privacy, so I think it’s clearly wrong for her to be suddenly worried about it now.”

Camera iconPrime Minister Scott Morrison faced questions about what his office knew and when about Brittany Higgins’ allegations. credit: ABC news

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims that his staff did not tell him about the allegations until a few days after the media asked questions to his office.

“We look forward to the police advancing this issue and other issues that may be related to this and other alleged crimes related to this individual,” he told Congress.

Greens leader Adam Band asked if he held a lobbyist pass or attended parliament after the man accused of assault was dismissed as a ministerial adviser.

The prime minister said the records would be checked.

Labor senator Penny Wong has accused the government of responding to Mr. Higgins.

“She wasn’t treated as a human being. She wasn’t treated as a survivor of rape and as a victim of a serious crime,” she told Congress.

“She was treated as a political issue.”

Senator Wong said Morrison’s words were hollow during the absence of a culture of accountability.

“At best, we know that Mr Morrison runs a culture-free government. Don’t say anything about serious criminal accusations,” she said.

“In the worst case, Morrison himself is part of the cover-up.”

Former liberal officials accused of fourth assault as Morrison administration faces strict surveillance

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