Australia news live: more allegations of harassment in parliament, Queensland battles Covid cluster

Well, it was in the chamber, Michael …

[Nationals leader Michael McCormack] has already taken action.

What has happened is that the deputy prime minister called me several weeks ago when the allegations of Brittany Higgins first arose and he asked me to be someone that our party, both staff and politicians, could come to in my former career as a social worker. They thought I might be appropriate as someone for people to talk to.

Obviously, the Kate Jenkins review [on harassment in the workplace] is very important, I certainly plan on speaking to her. To be able to direct people to the appropriate councils, I just didn’t think I would be walking through it myself and need to call on the finance department counselling service last week.