Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he will meet privately with former ministerial staffer Brittany Higgins, two months after she alleged that she was raped in Parliament House in 2019.
Morrison told reporters in Western Australia on Wednesday that the details of his meeting with the former staffer had not yet been finalised.
“We’ve reached out to Brittany Higgins to arrange that meeting, like I said we would, and we have and those arrangements are being put in place,” he said.
“That will be a private conversation. I’m looking forward to having it, I know there are a range of issues that she’s relayed to my chief of staff that she would like to raise and I look forward to hearing her.”
Higgins’ allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a colleague in then defence industry minister Linda Reynolds’ office first emerged in the media in February. Since then, four other women have levelled accusations at Higgins’ alleged perpetrator.
Asked whether he would apologise to Higgins in person for the treatment she received in Parliament House following the alleged incident, Morrison said he had “already made those apologies publicly”.
Earlier this week it was reported that Higgins plans to detail her alleged sexual assault in a memoir, after signing a book deal worth an estimated $250,000.
The emergence of Higgins’ allegations sparked increased public scrutiny of the treatment of women at Parliament House, and have been followed by further allegations of harassment, sexual assault, and misconduct made against politicians and government staffers.