The partner of Brittany Higgins has revealed the political fallout following his girlfriend’s allegation she was raped in a Parliament House office has left him no choice but to quit his job.
David Sharaz has been supporting Higgins after her allegation last week that she had been raped by a Liberal staffer in a ministerial office after a staff drinks outing in March 2019.
Questions surround how much was known by senior staffers in the days after the alleged assault in the office of then Defence Industry Minister, Linda Reynolds, who was promoted to Defence Minister after the 2019 election.
A text message shared by Higgins has cast doubt on claims by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office it had no knowledge of the assault until last week.
Four separate inquiries have been sparked by the alleged assault – including one into when Morrison’s office became aware of the incident.
Meanwhile on Monday, a fourth woman revealed she had complained about the alleged Parliament House rapist.
Now Higgins’ partner David Sharaz has made the decision to quit his job, as he believes his presence could jeopardise his company, which relies on signing deals with the Morrison government.
Sharaz has decided to resign from his Canberra job, fearing his company could lose government contracts because of the controversy.
Now both Higgins and Sharaz are jobless after Higgins quit her job in the weeks before she went public this month.
It was the fear of losing her political staffer job that Higgins cites for her hesitancy in coming forward after the alleged assault in 2019.
However, Sharaz says he has “no regrets” about the decision to be unemployed.
“I have absolutely no regrets in choosing to support my partner and I will continue to do so,’’ Sharaz told news.com.au.
“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. Being supportive is the least that I – or any other partner of a victim-survivor can do.
“Brittany and many others deserve better.”
Sharaz has been very vocal of his support for Higgins on social media.
He is a former press gallery journalist, working for the SBS and then Sky News before joining a media analytics company which he has now resigned from.
The Morrison government has been accused of a “backgrounding” campaign, telling journalists privately that Sharaz had an axe to grind against the Liberals.
Labor Senator Jenny McAllister acknowledged that the backgrounding claims were worth looking into.
“Will the Prime Minister investigate the claims that his staff backgrounded journalists against Ms Higgins? If the claims are proved, what consequences will there be for this conduct?” she said in the Senate last week.