New Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has strongly denied allegations she bullied a female staffer.
According to The Australian, a female Senior Liberal adviser has taken stress leave from Ms Andrews office after accusing the Gold Coast MP of bullying.
According to the report, the woman first made a complaint in August last year before raising the issue in a letter again this month.
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In the letter, the woman claimed she was left “suffering severe stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and depression” following what she alleges was six-months of bullying.
However, a spokesperson told The Australian that Ms Andrews “strenuously rejects these claims”.
“Minister Andrews values a respectful and professional work environment for all of her staff,” the spokesperson said.
Speaking to the ABC on Wednesday, Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said the Government is taking all allegations of workplace bullying seriously.
It comes after Minister Andrews was officially sworn in as the new Minister for Home Affairs on Tuesday.