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Dozens of alleged sexual misconduct complaints against federal MPs, staff in past three months

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The complaints relate to 19 separate allegations, made through an 1800 police hotline established after the alleged rape of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.

The safety of political staffers is again in the spotlight after police confirmed they'd received 40 reports of alleged sexual misconduct involving federal MPs and workers in the past three months.

The complaints relate to 19 separate allegations, made through an 1800 police hotline established after the alleged rape of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.

The AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw wasn't able to tell Senate Estimates whether any of the alleged incidents had occurred inside Parliament House, where Ms Higgins was allegedly sexually assaulted in March 2019.

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The complaints were reported to a hotline established after the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins.

In the wake of her allegations, Prime Minister Scott Morrison commissioned a report from his Department into the procedures relating to serious incidents in the workplace.

Mr Morrison confirmed this morning he had received the findings, including a series of recommendations made by Prime Minister and Cabinet deputy secretary Stephanie Foster.

Prime Minister and Cabinet deputy secretary Stephanie Foster made recommendations in her report to improve workplace procedures involving political staffers and MPs.

Beyond measures already in place, her recommendations include: 

More than 40 reports of alleged sexual misconduct by MPs and staffers were made to a police hotline in the past three months.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said he would take the report to Cabinet and engage with all parties to implement the response.

"Her proposals and recommendations seek to ensure that processes are independent, provide empowerment to victims, and provide timely, effective and ongoing support," Mr Morrison said.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/parliament-house-safety-report-police-receive-40-complaints-against-mps-and-staffers/3709b333-9965-4aa8-9ce4-9289c48a4511

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