In November last year, Four Corners aired an investigation that exposed the seedy underbelly of Parliament House, with a number of political staffers making allegations of inappropriate relationships and inappropriate behaviour on the part of some of the country’s most senior politicians.
In February, Brittany Higgins, a former adviser to defence minister Linda Reynolds, made allegations that she had been raped by a colleague in the ministerial office. Since then a further three women have made allegations against the same man.
On Friday it was revealed a women had made a rape complaint against a current cabinet minister over an incident that allegedly occurred in 1988. The complainant tragically took her own life before the investigation was concluded.
By Sunday, an allegation of rape was levelled at a sitting Labor MP, with documents referred to the Australian Federal police.
The ongoing reckoning of inappropriate behaviour in the halls of Parliament House has been welcomed by some, but others argue it has descended into partisan attacks and political point scoring.
Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper is joined by senior writer Jacqueline Maley to explore these issues further.
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