The allegations come as Brittany Higgins, who says she was raped inside a parliamentary office in 2019, prepares to make a statement to Australian Federal Police.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reportedly apologized to a woman who alleged she was raped in the country's parliament by an anonymous colleague, and promised a thorough probe into the government's workplace culture.
Ms Higgins said was made to feel like her job would be in jeopardy if she followed through with an official complaint to police.
On Friday, Ms Higgins approached the AFP to reopen the investigation into her alleged rape at Parliament House in 2019.
Despite questions about Senator Reynolds' handling of the complaint, the prime minister said she has his confidence to remain in Cabinet.
Brittany Higgins spoke out in a TV interview on Monday that has prompted shock and outrage over her treatment.
Ms Higgins accused Mr Morrison of using "victim-blaming language" during his response to the revelations, with the Prime Minister later apologising to the former Coalition staffer.
The male staffer was sacked over a security breach after he entered Parliament House with Ms Higgins on the night of the alleged assault.
"Political advisers have very few protections, resources and confidential reporting mechanisms to address any workplace issues", she said.
"Too often, a toxic workplace culture can emerge that enables inappropriate conduct and this is exacerbated by the disparity in the power dynamics".
Ms Higgins has urged for a "comprehensive investigation".
"I believe that getting to the bottom of what happened to me and how the system failed me is critical to creating a new framework for political staff that ensures genuine cultural change and restores the trust of staff".
"There are text messages saying that a senior staff member was going to discuss this with the Prime Minister's chief of staff", Mr Albanese said.
Meanwhile, Scott Morrison says advice his office first found out about an alleged rape in Parliament House last week will come under the microscope.
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Mr Morrison said the claims were deeply distressing and he had sought to be as "open and honest" as he could.
The prime minister is standing by his timeline, despite Ms Higgins saying at least three of his staff had prior knowledge of the incident. Mr Morrison denied he had misled the public and maintains he is horrified by the allegations.
A family friend of the alleged second victim told The Weekend Australian the woman had made the same allegations to her in the weeks after the alleged incident.
"This has been a challenging issue for many, many years".
"I have told you everything I know about this matter", he said.
"These events truly do sicken me... as they should anyone", Morrison said.
"Frankly there have been issues in all of these areas before".
- Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the second alleged rape also allegedly occurred inside Parliament House.
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