- A government agency will face further questions from a Greens senator over an alleged “public urination incident”.
- Meanwhile, Labor senator Glenn Sterle has apologised for comments he made to the Nationals’ Bridget McKenzie.
- He called the Nationals senator a “naughty little girl” during a heated exchange in a hearing.
Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson told the hearing he was aware of potentially three complaints from female staff members about the alleged incident.
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority chief executive Lisa Croft said a senior staff member of the government authority resigned after allegations of a “private urination incident”. Source: Supplied
Ms Croft told the hearing that while the people directly involved had wanted her to be aware of the matter, there was no official complaint made.
“Certainly it’s the first time I’ve heard about any of them, and I’ll be seeking an urgent briefing from my department about it,” he said.
Labor Senator apologies for ‘naughty little girl’ outburst
“Can you just be quiet while somebody else finishes?”
Labor Senator Glenn Sterle during the Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday, 8 November 2022. Source: AAP / Lukas Coch
Senator Sterle, who chairs the regional and rural affairs committee, withdrew the comment following pressure from the Greens and Nationals after initially refusing.
The prime minister and attorney-general used the passing of workplace laws aimed at reducing sexual harassment on Monday to call for more respect towards women.