Disturbing allegations that a young political staffer, Brittany Higgins, was raped on a couch in Parliament House have dominated this week’s parliamentary sitting. Here we set out the key facts and timeline.
What is alleged to have occurred?
Higgins joined the office of the then defence industry minister Linda Reynolds on 3 March 2019. She had worked in government previously for another minister. Higgins alleges that about three weeks later, on the evening of 22 March, she was assaulted on the couch in Reynolds’ ministerial office by a more senior male colleague following a social function elsewhere in Canberra.
What happened next?
Reynolds’ office was cleaned on the afternoon of 23 March, apparently at the request of the Department…