Scott Morison’s office staff have retained their own lawyers to represent them in an investigation set up by Scott Morrison to find out who in his office knew what and when about the Brittany Higgins rape allegations. It is an investigation designed solely to protect Morrison and his staff are obviously worried that Morrison will stitch-up one or more of them to take a hit to save Morrison’s own hide.
The fact that Scott Morrison’s own staff, who work with him daily, feel the need to pay $1000’s out of their own pockets for lawyers to protect themselves from an investigation set up by Morrison, known as the Gaetjens Inquiry, says they don’t trust him at all. For Scott Morrison’s own staff to distrust him that much that they feel the need to hire lawyers is a very sad reflection on Morrison.
The work environment in the Prime Minister’s office must be one of the most toxic work environments in the country. It would be an environment where no one trusts each other, and everyone is watching their own backs so they don’t get knifed by the PM or his henchmen.
Scott Morrison’s office staff would know he lies daily to the media and in parliament so he would not have the trust of staff. They would have also seen Morrison’s most senior staff background journalists with lies about Brittany Higgins and her partner, who previously worked in the PM’s office, and that is an allegation that has been made numerous times by Brittany Higgins and an allegation that Morrison has refused to deny even though he has been asked many times.
The fact that Morrison’s own staff have lawyered up against him raises the question of if he is a fit and proper person to be Prime Minister. To my knowledge, it is a first for a Prime Minister’s own staff to hire lawyers to protect themselves from a Prime Minister’s own investigation.
All Morrison has to do if he wants to know who in his office knew what and when about the alleged Brittany Higgins rape is to ask his staff himself but he has set up the enquiry to protect himself, and his staff know it and are clearly worried they will be set-up to take the fall for the PM and his closest advisors. And with the AFP investigating they could possibly face criminal charges for concealing the alleged rape, so they have retained lawyers.
On Monday it was exposed that the Gaetjens Inquiry had been halted and there were lies being told all over the place about why it was halted and that no one could answer any questions in relation to it. I think Scott Morrison’s own staff hiring lawyers would have been the main reason the Gaetjens Inquiry was halted as it would make it very hard for Phil Gaetjens to write a corrupt report protecting the Prime Minister if there were a lot of witnesses who could contradict the lies. The report could have also ended up in the hands of the police investigating the Brittany Higgins rape allegations which would also be dangerous for Scott Morrison.
The 7.30 report outlines the government cover-up of the Gaetjens Inquiry in the first half of the below video on Monday (22/3/21):
The SMH also reported on Scott Morrison and the government covering up the Gaetjens Inquiry:
Scott Morrison had a chance to speak plainly last week about the review he ordered into what his office knew of the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins.
But the Prime Minister botched it. He hid the truth from Parliament rather than being straight about his response to claims of a terrible crime in a minister’s office two years ago.
Morrison told Parliament the review into his office, and what it knew when, was being done by the secretary of his department, Phil Gaetjens.
“He has not provided me with a further update about when I might expect that report,” Morrison told Parliament on Thursday, March 18.
Wrong. Gaetjens had given Morrison an update on March 9 that was all about this very question of when the review might be finished. (Click here to read more)
Evidence that Scott Morrison’s staff have lawyered up?
The ABC’s 7:30 Report broadcast last week on Wednesday the 17th of March 2021:
LEIGH SALES: Can you give us an update, Laura, please, on the Gaetjens review which is the one that is looking at who knew what in the Prime Minister’s office about the Brittany Higgins case?
LAURA TINGLE: Yes, you would think that this wasn’t all that complicated, Leigh. That the Prime Minister could just go and ask his staff, but he has got the head of PM and C to investigate this.
He has told Parliament today that he still hasn’t got that report.
He still has not said whether it will be made public and there are suggestions that there are quite a lot of lawyers involved now with staff wanting to make sure that their positions are protected in whatever they say to the Gaetjens review, so that may be why the whole review has been slowed down. (Click here to read more)
Scott Morrison has had since last week to deny the allegation by the 7.30 Report that his staff have lawyered up and if it wasn’t true he would have denied it very quickly as it is damaging for his reputation and the morale of all parliament house staff, but he has refused to deny it which would be the talk of parliament house staffers.
On Monday the 22nd of March Scott Morrison was asked in parliament if his staff had hired lawyers but the speaker of the house interjected and refused to allow the question and Phil Gaetjens was also asked the same question in the Senate Hearing on Monday, but he refused to answer. There was nothing stopping Scott Morrison or Phil Gaetjens from answering the question.
With another whistleblower coming forward on Monday with video and pictures of federal government staffers exposing themselves, performing a solo sex act in parliament on a female MP’s desk and taking male sex workers into parliament for a Minister and MP’s then there would be many people in parliament who would be very worried and very paranoid that they might be outed next. And not just for what they might have done but also for what they have covered up.
Almost all of the media have missed the story about Scott Morrison’s staff lawyering up but to me, it is probably one of the biggest stories of the last few weeks because his staff know Scott Morrison well as they work with him 5 days a week and they don’t trust him at all which is the ultimate insult for Morrison. It is also the ultimate insight for all voters to form a view of Morrison’s trustworthiness and it’s a huge failure given his staff have such a low level of trust in Morrison that they are hiring lawyers to protect themselves from him.
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