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FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NEWS 19 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA MORRISON NOT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY OVER THE FUTURE OF HIS BESIEGED FEDERAL MINISTERS those issues with the lawyer at the moment. Hes not returning to work for another week or so yet, and that will be done in time after his return. Mr Morrison was asked about Senator Reynoldss future as Defence Minister after her handling of her former staffer Brittany Higginss alleged rape was widely criticised. He refused to comment. All I can say is when I make decisions on these matters, Ill communicate them and my reasons for them, he said. Mr Porter this month outed himself as the cabinet minister at the centre of historical rape allegations, which he has strongly denied. Senator Reynolds has also been off on medical leave regarding a pre-existing condition. She extended her leave after revelations she called Ms Higgins a lying cow, for which she was forced to apologise and settle a defamation lawsuit. Mr Morrison was also grilled about his own position as leader, which he said was absolutely safe. Ive been very grateful for the tremendous support Ive had from all of my colleagues, from my cabinet, my ministers, all the way through to my party room, he said. Our party has never been more united. Coalition feels heat to sack scandal staffers Pressure growing to identify and dismiss rest of those involved PRESSURE is mounting on the government to identify and dismiss the remaining individuals involved in a bizarre sex scandal involving male parliamentary staffers committing lewd acts on the desks of female MPs and around Parliament House, even bringing sex workers into the building. Already one staffer, Nathan Winn, is understood to have left his employ with the Morrison government since the original story was broadcast on Network 10. Mr Winn had worked in the office of the Chief Government Whip until Monday evening, in a position he held since he was hired by the newly installed Turnbull government in October 2015. Soon after the report aired, it is believed Mr Winn deleted his social media accounts and left his employ with the government. With others involved still in the building, staffers report feeling under a cloud until the matter is resolved. One Coalition staffer told The Daily Telegraph they were concerned some gay male staffers were being approached by people in Parliament House and asked Was it you? NSW Liberal senator Hollie Hughes said parliament needed those involved in the acts to leave so the government could get on with its job. The people involved in this sort of activity should look to make an exit, she said. It doesnt have to be a pub lic sacking, but its past time they showed some respect for this building and what it stands for, as well as their fellow staff and colleagues who are all under this cloud, and depart, Senator Hughes said. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told 2GB radio that he was shocked and revolted by what he saw in the report, and that the behaviour had tarnished the reputations of everyone working in Parliament House. Senior government sources say while there was speculation as to the identities of the others involved, they were unable to take disciplinary action until they had positive proof of their involvement. The calls for action came as an anonymous Twitter user, claiming to be the whistleblower who leaked the images that sparked the original report, wrote he had provided the government and Labor senator Kristina Keneally with further information about the alleged activities, which included signing-in male sex workers for at least one male Coalition MP. In a statement, Ms Keneally said her office had been verbally provided detailed information in response to what the person described as misleading statements by the Prime Minister in question time about the allegations that sex workers had been procured for Coalition members of parliament and other disturbing content but, she added, we have not been provided (with) documents, videos or photos. JAMES MORROW AND CLARE ARMSTRONG No duty is too little to be done well MARY MACKILLOP 1873 The MacKillop Saints U14 Boys Rugby Teams first game of the year, March 2020
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