As Australia’s peak body for women lawyer organisations, AWL and its members were alarmed to learn of the allegations against, Mr Porter, given his position as the First Law Officer of the Crown.
The ABC 4 Corners investigation also infers that there is a broader pattern of behaviour by MPs, including the Attorney General, of abusing their positions and engaging in inappropriate workplace behaviour with staff.
In circumstances where AWL has staunchly advocated against sexual harassment and discrimination in the legal profession, and in a year where we have already seen a plethora of allegations about sexual harassment from a former High Court Judge, it is incredibly disheartening to hear allegations that our Attorney General has modelled such behaviour throughout university, as a prosecutor and in his current office.
AWL has also called on the Prime Minister to consider taking steps to consider a review of the relevant policy, conducting an independent culture review and should any allegations of sexism or inappropriate relationships be substantiated, that serious consideration is given to whether the Attorney General is an appropriate person to hold that office.
You can read the entire letter HERE.