Sexual harassment rife inside Australian parliament, report finds

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who ordered the evaluate in February after his social gathering got here beneath strain over its dealing with of an alleged rape contained in the constructing, stated the findings had been “appalling” and “disturbing.”

The evaluate detailed widespread improper conduct, and located that greater than half of the individuals who responded had skilled at the least one incident of sexual harassment, bullying or precise or tried sexual assault.

“Such experiences go away a path of devastation for people and their groups and undermine the efficiency of our parliament to the nation’s detriment,” the report stated.

Morrison stated Parliament should clear up its act.

“Like anybody who works on this constructing, I discover the statistics which are offered right here, after all appalling and disturbing,” he informed reporters in Canberra.

“I want I discovered them extra stunning.”

Morrison is beneath strain to handle parliamentary tradition forward of an election due within the first half of subsequent 12 months. Support for his conservative coalition authorities fell within the wake of the rape allegation, whereas hundreds of ladies marched throughout the nation calling for higher equality.

The report made 28 suggestions, together with higher gender stability amongst each lawmakers and their workers, new alcohol insurance policies and the creation of a brand new human assets workplace to take care of complaints.

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