Nov 12, 2020

ANTHONY ALBANESE – STATEMENT – STATEMENT FROM THE LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY – THURSDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2020

 

ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

 

STATEMENT FROM THE LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

More needs to be done to change the culture in Parliament House. Culture sits above policies and procedures and must change.

 

There is a cultural problem with sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace that is Parliament House.

 

We need to listen to the women who work here. We need to hear and act on their concerns and what they want done to ensure this is a safe and respectful workplace. A workplace that values their skills and contribution.

 

All workplaces across Australia, including the Parliament need to be safe and respectful places.

 

Since 2018, Labor has had a clear sexual harassment and bullying policy which has the following principle:

 

Sexual harassment, bullying and other types of inappropriate behaviour are prohibited and will not be tolerated.

 

This week all Labor staff were reminded of this ongoing commitment and the support available to them. We will continue to monitor our policies and procedures to ensure they are appropriate.

 

I made it clear last night that Labor supports the principle of the Ministerial Code of Conduct introduced by Malcolm Turnbull relating to Ministers and their staff, consistent with our statement in March 2018.

 

To make things abundantly clear relationships between Members, Senators and their own staff are not appropriate.

 

We will work with anyone in this building who wants to make this a safer and more respectful workplace.

 

THURSDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2020