Third woman claims she was raped by former government adviser in Australia

Sydney (Australia), Feb 22 (EFE) .- A third woman claimed to have been raped by a former adviser to Australia’s ruling coalition, who allegedly sexually abused two other co-workers in Canberra, while a fourth woman reported touching, they reported local media.

The Australian newspaper published today that a woman, who was not identified, was raped in 2016 by this former adviser after a night of drinks with other colleagues when she was volunteering during the electoral campaign of the Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Hours later, the Australian network ABC revealed that another woman, who was not identified and who filed a complaint with the police on Sunday, says that this former adviser stroked her thigh under a table in a bar in 2017.

The Canberra rape scandal erupted last week when former adviser Brittany Higgins made public the alleged sexual assault perpetrated in March 2019 in the office of then-Defense Industries Minister Linda Reynolds by the same, unidentified man, and who was fired as a result of this complaint.

Days later, the newspaper Weekend Australia denounced the alleged rape of a second woman, who was not identified, by the same man after a dinner between the two that occurred last year.

Australian State Special Minister Simon Birminghan, who is in charge of creating an independent multi-party group to review work culture in Parliament, admitted on Monday that allegations of alleged violations place a “very heavy burden” on the government.

“That is why we must change the culture and (labor) practices,” Minister Birmingham told local network ABC.

For her part, Labor Senator Penny Wong emphasized in a legislative session that ‘there is no doubt that there is a problem in the treatment of women in Parliament and in politics’, as well as accused Morrison of issuing ’empty words’ in a context where ‘there is no culture of responsibility’.

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The allegations have rocked the Australian political scene, although the popularity of Morrison, who has apologized for the way Higgins’s complaint was handled and claimed to have learned of the case last week, increased by one percentage point to 61 percent. , according to the latest survey.

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