Statement from Minister for Defence 3 March

Department of Defence

A report in The Australian attributed some remarks to me regarding the very serious allegations made by my former staff member, Ms Brittany Higgins.

I have never questioned Ms Higgins’ account of her alleged sexual assault and have always sought to respect her agency in this matter.

I did however comment on news reports regarding surrounding circumstances that I felt had been misrepresented.

I have consistently respected Ms Higgins’ agency and privacy and said this is her story to tell and no one else’s.

Ms Higgins’ allegations are very serious and that is how they must be treated to ensure her legal rights are protected. I welcome her decision to progress this matter with the Australian Federal Police.

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