On Tuesday, our worst fears about Parliament House as a workplace were confirmed in a 456-page report handed down by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.
Our prime minister described the findings - which included the shocking statistic that one third of people working in Parliament House and federal politician’s offices reported being sexually harassed on the job - as "appalling and "disturbing."
In the same breath, he noted that he wished he found the statistics "more surprising."
It's a troubling admission to contemplate, because even though we've been told time and time again about the "women problem" that exists within Australian politics, the details of that review were truly horrifying.
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In the report, women spoke of being harassed, bullied and terrorised, before being threatened that their reputations would be destroyed if they spoke out. It worked. As the review pointed out, 84 per cent of victims did not report what happened to them.
Women described Parliament House as "the most sexist place I've worked."
They spoke of being referred to as "fresh meat" and less than.
They pointed to the preferential treatment their male colleagues received, and shared horrible stories of assault.
One person described an incident where an MP sitting beside them "grabbed me and stuck his tongue down my throat."
One third of people working in Parliament House and Federal politician’s offices have been sexually harassed on the job. https://t.co/Uu0eQcMhT8— Mamamia (@Mamamia) November 30, 2021