Why political staffers are vulnerable to sexual misconduct — and little is done to stop it

Brittany Higgins’ allegation she was raped in a minister’s office at Parliament House is just one of a number of recent stories of bullying, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that have exposed the dark side of working conditions for some political staffers.

As a researcher of political staff in Australia, I am trying to understand why this behaviour exists within the working culture of parliament, why it is reaching the public eye now and what needs to be done about it.

  • Maria Maley
  • The Conversation

Over the summer, I interviewed eight former political staffers …

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