The Bundestag is facing a reckoning of its “toxic” internal culture and the treatment of women in the chambers of power with an impending police force facing investigations and a growing list of scandals that tarnish both sides of politics

Brittany Higgins has officially submitted a report to police on her rape allegations The government’s bipartisan cultural inquiry is about to finalize its final details before it begins The long-awaited Labor review of party processes will finally be handed over to the police national executive this week

Prime Minister Scott Morrison still faces questions about his knowledge of allegations of wrongdoing against an employee of the youngest Liberal defector Craig Kelly, while former Labor MP Emma Husar raises allegations of being “ghostly” by her party for unproven wrongdoing , allegations surfaced against her

Some Canberra staff have even quietly voiced their support for a parliamentary strike in protest of what some see as a lack of response from their bosses and the system as a whole

“Those fortnight have been horrible,” a policy official told The New Daily, reiterating a common opinion shared throughout the building

Parliament has often seen controversies over power imbalances, mistreatment of staff, sexism, misogyny and sex scandals

However, in the memories of some longtime Capital Hill residents, there were very few of those fortnight when former coalition aide, Ms. Higgins, made bomb allegations that she was raped by a colleague on the couch of her then-former Chief, Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds, in 2019

After mounting scandals since Newscomau spread the news last Monday that a growing number of ministers revealed their knowledge of the incident but said they had not informed the prime minister Ms Higgins has officially presented her statement to the police and possibly launched an AFP investigation that this could further rock the ministerial wing of Parliament

On Wednesday, Home Secretary Peter Dutton added his name to the growing list of high-ranking coalition members who knew details of Ms. Higgins’ rape allegations

He admitted that on Nov. The alleged incident was reported on February 1st, briefed by no less than AFP commissioner Reece Kershaw

That is a day before Mr Morrison said his office first heard about a media inquiry on Jan. Heard of the allegations on February 25th, and four days before the first report of the rape claims was released

ACT police confirmed Wednesday afternoon that they are “investigating the matter after receiving a report of an alleged attack on the Parliament building in March 2019”

The inclusion of Mr Dutton means at least five high-ranking government officials – himself, Senator Reynolds, Secretary of Labor Michaelia Cash, Senate President Scott Ryan and House Speaker Tony Smith – as well as several members of the Prime Minister’s Office who knew before Mr Morrison

Regardless, former Labor MP Ms. Husar, who was a member of Lindsay between 2016 and 2019, surfaced previous complaints she had about the ALP’s treatment

Ms. Husar has been the subject of reports of inappropriate conduct towards other MPs, but those claims have been dismissed and she won a defamation lawsuit against media coverage of these incidents

She has also been investigated through internal party litigation for suspected bullying and workplace management issues

Ms. Husar said she was “forced” to resign from parliament, but the later-completed labor review found that there was no basis for her to do so

On Wednesday she published an open letter to opposition leader Anthony Albanese claiming that parliament had promoted “toxic treatment” of women and that the Labor Party was “no better”

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She also claimed that Mr. Albanese had promised her an apology for her treatment, which she said never came

“If you join the silence and don’t address the bad behavior, the results get worse and worse,” she told The New Daily

In a separate development, TND understands that Labor is nearing completion of the long-awaited review of its party culture and new guidelines on sexual harassment

The new rules that regulate all party members – not just politicians and employees, but also full members – will be examined by the national executive of the ALP by the end of the week

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Source: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/02/25/parliament-police-investigation/