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Majority of Australian Parliament Workers Face Bullying, Sexual Harassment or Assault

HeadlineNov 30, 2021

An Australian government commission has revealed shocking details about Australia’s federal Parliament, describing it as a toxic workplace rife with gender inequality, bullying and sexual harassment and assault. The investigation was opened earlier this year amid allegations of sexual assault and rape inside the Parliament building. On Monday, sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins announced her team’s findings. 

Kate Jenkins: “Over half — that is, 51% — of all people currently in Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces, have experienced at least one incident of bullying, sexual harassment or actual or attempted sexual assault. … Women we spoke to told us they felt lucky when they had not directly experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault.”

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