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Report finds sexual harassment prevalent in Australian parliament

Canberra: One in three Australian parliamentarians experienced sexual harassment, a report released Tuesday said following an independent investigation into parliamentary work culture.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who ordered a review in February after the party was pressured to handle the alleged rape inside the building, said the findings were “horrifying” and “obtrusive.”
This review details a wide range of inappropriate behaviors and found that more than half of the respondents experienced at least one case of sexual harassment, bullying, or actual or attempted sexual assault. ..
“Such an experience leaves a mark of devastation on individuals and their teams and undermines the performance of our parliament to the detriment of the country,” he said.
Morrison said Congress must wipe out the act.
“Like the people working in this building, the statistics shown here are, of course, horrifying,” he told Canberra reporters.
“I wish I had noticed something more surprising.”
Morrison is under pressure to work on parliamentary culture ahead of the upcoming elections early next year. Support for his conservative coalition government declined in response to rape allegations, with thousands of women marching across the country for greater equality.
The report made 28 recommendations, including a greater gender balance between parliamentarians and their staff, new alcohol policies, and the establishment of a new human resources development office to address complaints.



Report finds sexual harassment prevalent in Australian parliament

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