Sexual harassment rife inside Australian parliament, report finds

One in three individuals working in Australia’s parliament have skilled sexual harassment, a report printed on Tuesday stated, following an impartial inquiry into parliamentary office tradition.

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

The evaluate detailed widespread improper behaviour, and located that greater than half of the individuals who responded had skilled not less than one incident of sexual harassment, bullying or precise or tried sexual assault.

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

Morrison stated parliament should clear up its act.

“Like anybody who works on this constructing, I discover the statistics which can be offered right here, in fact appalling and disturbing,” he instructed reporters in Canberra.

“I want I discovered them extra stunning.”

Morrison is beneath stress to deal with 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 1000’s 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 employees, new alcohol insurance policies and the creation of a brand new human assets workplace to cope with complaints.

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