Peter Dutton responds to Brittany Higgins' olive branch - and demands answers ... trends now

Peter Dutton responds to Brittany Higgins' olive branch - and demands answers ... trends now
Peter Dutton responds to Brittany Higgins' olive branch - and demands answers ... trends now

Peter Dutton responds to Brittany Higgins' olive branch - and demands answers ... trends now

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has welcomed Brittany Higgins' expression that she was 'sorry' for hurt caused to Senator Linda Reynolds and has called for further examination of the government's handling of the former political staffer's $2.4m compensation payout.

In a landmark judgment in the Federal Court last week, Justice Michael Lee found that Ms Higgins was raped by former colleague Bruce Lehrmann.

As he dismissed Lehrmann's defamation suit against Network 10 and Lisa Wilkinson, Justice Lee found, on the civil standard of the balance of probabilities, that Lehrmann had sexually assaulted Ms Higgins inside the office of their then-boss Senator Reynolds in Parliament House in March 2019.

Ms Higgins, in speaking for the first time about the judgment, released a statement via social media on Saturday night.

She thanked Justice Lee for taking into a 'trauma-informed approach' in his judgment and said she hoped to move on with her life.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has welcomed Brittany Higgins ' expression that she was 'sorry' for hurt caused to Senator Linda Reynolds and has called for further examination of the government's handling of the former political staffer's $2.4m compensation payout

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has welcomed Brittany Higgins ' expression that she was 'sorry' for hurt caused to Senator Linda Reynolds and has called for further examination of the government's handling of the former political staffer's $2.4m compensation payout

As he dismissed Lehrmann's defamation suit against Network 10 and Lisa Wilkinson , Justice Lee found, on the civil standard of the balance of probabilities, that Lehrmann had sexually assaulted Ms Higgins inside the office of their then-boss Senator Reynolds in Parliament House in March 2019

As he dismissed Lehrmann's defamation suit against Network 10 and Lisa Wilkinson , Justice Lee found, on the civil standard of the balance of probabilities, that Lehrmann had sexually assaulted Ms Higgins inside the office of their then-boss Senator Reynolds in Parliament House in March 2019 

She also offered an olive branch to Senator Reynolds, who is currently pursuing defamation action against Ms Higgins and her partner David Sharaz.

Justice Lee, in his judgment, rubbished claims of a political cover-up made during The Project broadcast, finding that Senator Reynolds had wanted the police called.

He described the allegations as being 'without reasonable foundation' which caused 'much collateral damage'.

He also found that Fiona Brown, the chief of staff in Senator Reynolds' office at the time, had gone 'out of her way to reassure Ms Higgins and supported and assisted her in contacting the police'.

In her statement, Ms Higgins said that she did not agree with 'all of Justice Lee's findings', but she did 'respect his observations about the many people scarred and damaged in the aftermath of my rape.'

'Senator Reynolds and Fiona Brown have also been hurt and for that I am also sorry,' Ms Higgins said in her

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