Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

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.”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation