Third sexual assault allegation made against same Liberal staffer

Canberra’s been rocked by yet another sexual assault allegation, with a third woman now coming forward.

Two women have now come forward since former Gold Coaster Brittany Higgins shared her story of an alleged attack back in 2019.

It’s understood that all three accusations are against the same Liberal staffer – a former government advisor.


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The latest allegation has told The Australian that her incident took place while she was volunteering during the 2016 election.

The second allegation was revealed over the weekend, which the Prime Minister acknowledged as upsetting and distressing.

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Ms Higgins announced on Friday that she would be making a formal complaint.

“I have re-engaged with Australian Federal Police and will proceed with a formal complaint regarding the crime committed against me in what should be the safest building in Australia,” she said.

“The Australian Federal Police have made assurances to me that they will handle this matter thoroughly and transparently.”

While the Prime Minister has been slammed by the opposition for suggesting that the matter is more a political problem than a criminal offence.

Scott Morrison has agreed that changes need to be made, and has appointed his former chief of staff, the current Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Phil Gaetjens, to lead a communications review.

But the opposition’s not convinced that the review will be independent.

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