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Kate Jenkins to lead independent inquiry into Parliament House culture following Brittany Higgins allegations




Sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins will lead an independent inquiry into the culture of Parliament House, the result of shocking allegations of rape in a ministerial office.

The inquiry has been established in response to an allegation by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins, who said a colleague raped her in the then-defence industry minister’s office in 2019.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised to her for how the matter was handled.

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Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleges she was raped in 2019 in Parliament House.(



He originally set up a review into standards in the Coalition, to be headed up by MP Celia Hammond.

But crossbench MPs and Labor quickly called for an independent inquiry, leading to this…

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