What on earth is he saying???
Speaker Trevor Mallard has used the legal immunity of parliamentary privilege to say that a worker – who he apologised to for falsely accusing of rape – had committed sexual assault.
In a debate in the House tonight during the annual review of the Parliamentary Service, for which he is the responsible Minister, Mallard sought to paint himself as on the side of victims and the Opposition as not.
This is despite admitting he has never spoken to the woman complainant at the centre of the saga.
Mallard told the House tonight that two complainants had accused the former staffer of sexual misconduct, and overall there were three women, three incidents and “at least two perpetrators of serious sexual assault”.
He did not agree that he had destroyed the former staffer’s life.
“That man’s life was destroyed when he sexually assaulted a woman,” Mallard said.
That triggered an interjection by National’s Nicola Willis: “Say it outside the House.”
Mallard said the first internal investigation that found no wrongdoing was a “disgrace” and was done amid a “culture of cover-up”.
“The women involved were put back to work with the man who sexually assaulted her. That is the sort of human resources and approach, in my opinion, that belongs in the previous century.”
He said it was a judgement call about who to believe – the victims and the police, or the former staffer.
“I start by standing with the victims.”
Ok – put aside the radical woke definition of rape he is using, he is telling Parliament that sexual assaults DID occur, despite paying out over $330 000 to compensate the Staff member he smeared???
HOW IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM IS THAT BETTER????
This is madness. Utter, total, crazy madness.
The Speaker wrongfully accused someone of rape, paid $333000 in an apology and then told Parliament he didn’t mean it????
He can’t stay on as Speaker after this.
Watching tribal left trying to defend Mallard on twitter today is so painful.
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