The assistant was fired after sex videos in Parliament House shocked Australia

One video showed an assistant committing a sexual act on a female Parliament desk.


The crisis in Australian politics has continued to grow following the release of videos showing sex workers in parliament, which led to the dismissal of one aide.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the videos as "disgraceful".

It comes after a former employee expressed how he feared losing his job following allegations of sexual harassment.

Brittany Higgins alleges she was raped by a senior colleague in office in March 2019, but says she feels pressured not to report the incident to police.

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A growing number of allegations surfaced, and last week thousands took part in anti-sexual harassment and violence against women in Australia.

What are these new videos?

The videos were disclosed to the Australian media by a former member of the public service, who said he had become "backbone" in the photographs because of the amount of material he had found.

As well as the videos - recorded two years ago - he said people used the prayer room to have sex and even brought prostitutes to parliament.

The informant described the "culture of men who think they can do whatever they want", describing some of their colleagues as morally upright.

What was the response?

Mr Morrison told reporters Tuesday he was "shocked", adding: "We have to fix this house. We have to put politics aside from these things, and we have to see this problem, admit it, and fix it."

He has previously been criticized for his response, including refusing to meet with protesters last week. He had invited march leaders to meet with him in parliament, but they rejected the proposal saying they would not meet "in secret".

Questions have also been raised about how the government is addressing the issue after state MP Michelle Landry said she was "sorry" for the fired aide.

But Cabinet Minister Karen Andrews told the media that "conscience will not allow me to keep quiet" about the racism in Australian politics, and said that the gender equality of political representatives should be considered - which Mr Morrison said he would not oppose.

"We have tried in another way and we are not getting results so I would like to see us do better with that," he told reporters.

Labor, the opposition party, already has existing standards.

What are the other allegations?

There have long been allegations of harassment and harassment of Australian politics. However, Ms Higgins's allegations have highlighted the seriousness of sexual and sexual harassment.

A few days after the incident, other allegations surfaced - Attorney-General Christian Porter claimed to have been charged with rape in 1988.

He denies the allegations, and police have closed the investigation due to a lack of evidence.

Ms Higgins' former boss, Defense Minister Linda Reynolds, was also forced to apologize and pay for her former aide, after calling her a "sleeping cow".

Critics say the government has been too slow and unsuccessful in responding to widespread allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in Parliament - a problem they say goes beyond party lines.

The opposition working group said it would revise its culture following numerous unspecified allegations of sexual harassment and sexual harassment of men in their church.

Why is Morrison facing new criticism?

In his press conference, the prime minister acknowledged widespread criticism of his statements two months ago.

This includes his trauma claiming his role as a man and a father while discussing his response to the alleged attack.

It also includes allegations of democratic subordination when he said of protests: "It is not far here, marches like this, even now are met with bullets, but not here in this country."

On Tuesday, he acknowledged that "many did not like or dislike" his views, but emphasized that he was committed to changing cultural diversity.

But later, Mr. Morrison criticized for exposing a sexual harassment complaint in the media.

Opponents accused her of "using it as a weapon" following a frequent question from a store reporter, Sky News Australia.