Statement from Minister for Defence 5 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.

In response to a letter from Ms Higgins’ lawyers yesterday afternoon, discussions are now underway through our legal representatives in an effort to resolve this matter as soon as possible, with any resolution to include an apology.

However, in the meantime, I want to express how deeply sorry I am for these remarks and for any hurt and distress they have caused.

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