Is There Toxic Culture in Parliament House?

Brittany Higgins has alleged she was sexually assaulted by a male colleague inside Parliament House in 2019. In February 2021, Ms Higgins re-engaged with the Australian Federal Police to proceed with a formal complaint about her alleged rape in Parliament House. What do you think LiveTribers? Has Ms Higgins kept it too late to formally complain? Will justice be served? Has the Prime Minister done the right thing by promoting more females to senior cabinet roles?

Posted by on 30 Mar 2021

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    Australia needs to stop treating victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in general like the perpetrators. Our country on a whole has a toxic culture around such topics. Our laws do not protect victims. Although more female senior roles is a positive feels like a bandaid to a much larger issues in Australia. Research into trauma shows the full extent of the damage of being a victim or exposed to such crimes and the fear victims face due to lack of convictions. Coming to terms with trauma can take people a lifetime to identify what they have been through. It’s a societal issues that is being ignored for the sake of ‘good press’ we need some leadership in the government not show ponies.

    Posted by OpinionGenerator on 29 May 2021

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    And why hasn't the perpetrator of this crime been charged? After all the 'news' has been years in the making? Can't help but wonder - just saying!

    Posted by Raymond on 03 Apr 2021

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    For goodness sake, if Higgins was raped, why didn't she go straight to the authorities. Nothing to do with 'keeping her job'. Agree with ERE Re Morrison, promoting more females to cabinet.

    Posted by toylands8 on 01 Apr 2021

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    Toxic misogynistic culture is pervasive in society, or at least pockets of it, unfortunately. What happened to Brittany Higgins is appalling, and I hope she finds justice

    Posted by Kitty000 on 31 Mar 2021

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    While Ms Higgins may or may not have been raped she must have realised that her actions on the night are partly to blame. For this she must take some responsibility. That does not condone the alleged rape, if it did occur. The length of time since the alleged incident and the reporting of it does mean that her memories of what happened may no longer be 100% accurate. Re: Scott Morrison promoting more females to senior cabinet roles. He's only doing this for votes. A person should be promoted on their abilities not on if they are male or female.

    Posted by ere on 31 Mar 2021

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    Agree with your comment re getting more votes. This is exactly why Labor have used quotas. Unfortunately there are too many 'do-gooders' in the community that demand these sort of actions and also, unfortunately, they regularly get their way because of the 'news' media (largely the ABC) and Social media such.

    Posted by Raymond on 03 Apr 2021

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    Whilst rape is an awful thing to have to go through, one must wonder about a young woman heading to a night club with her work colleague after work on a Friday night, returning back to work (Parliament House) at 2am the next morning with said colleague, going to her bosses office and then being allegedly raped. What on earth happened to good old fashioned common sense? what about decency? Has the human race lost it's mind? And by human race I mean both women and men. We are no longer held accountable for our actions and I think a lack of accountability is the real crime here.

    Posted by Muriel on 31 Mar 2021

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    The culture is no more or less toxic than it was in 1901. Politicians reflect society......and we put them there!!!

    Posted by mact on 30 Mar 2021

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