Finance Minister Katy Gallagher has broken her silence to 'categorically deny' she misled parliament on Brittany Higgins' rape allegation.Ms Gallagher
Finance Minister Katy Gallagher has broken her silence to ‘categorically deny’ she misled parliament on Brittany Higgins‘ rape allegation.
Ms Gallagher addressed reporters outside an event in Perth on Saturday afternoon to say she’d been ‘clear’ and ‘honest’ at all times.
Senator Gallagher was previously quizzed in Senate Estimates in June 2021 about the extent of her knowledge on the allegation before the story broke.
In response to a claim a Labor senator had tipped off then-Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, she said: ‘No-one had any knowledge’.
Katy Gallagher has denied she misled parliament at a press conference. Picture: Sandhya Ram
But this week, leaked texts obtained by The Australian, suggest Ms Higgins’ boyfriend David Sharaz was in contact with Ms Gallagher before the allegations of rape were made public.
Addressing the texts, Ms Gallagher said she had been made aware of ‘some allegations’ in the days leading up to Ms Higgins explosive interview in February 2021.
Addressing the texts, Ms Gallagher said she had been made aware of ‘some allegations’ in the days leading up to Ms Higgins explosive interview in February 2021
‘I’ve been clear, I’ve been honest and at all times I’ve been guided by the bravery and courage of a young women who chose to speak up about her workplace and from that we have had massive changes to that workplace,’ she said.
‘(I was told) There was going to be some public reporting that a young woman making serious allegations about events that occurred in a minister’s office … were going to become public.’
More to come.
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