It's situations like these that the PM should get everyone in the room together (MPs, staff etc), lock the doors, read them the riot act while screaming at them like the Drill Sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, and finally a compulsory signing of a new water-tight code-of-conduct with no second chances.
Clearly there is a lax culture of both business security and employee behavior in our Nations Capital Offices that is by no means limited to sexual assault. That's what happens in a cloistered environment when everybody believes that they're answerable to nobody.
Any dissenters would then be summarily sacked.
I'll never forget the all-in school assembly and dressing down by our high school principal one morning after a gutter fight in a public street by two Year 10 girls cheered on by half the school the afternoon beforehand...
Valvegear, 100% correct
Carnot, may have already occurred and I'm sure its not limited to the right hand side of politics.
Looking at the comments from security
My further take on it
- Leaving the night club he's clearly up for it and suspect her as well, but why not go home? Married? I suspect she wasn't saying no to this point.
If they are with her friends or colleges, no one sees any concern with what they expect to happen. I say this because in the past I've seen girls step in when they think their friend is about to head off with a guy they think is not what she would want if sober.
- She arrived with a grass stain on her dress, either fallen over or they already tried to Tango in the park and got seen.
- Security knew what they were coming into the building for, should have told them to bugger off.
Fail #1 by security that manages Parliament House, again unlikely the first time. I'm sure many a male staffer has taken his latest pickup for a shag Parliament House as bragging rights.
- Once in the office, things likely started consensually and she simply passed out.
- The guy is a prick, so continues what he started.
This part I'll never get, F'ing a woman unconscious ???? Mrs Palmer would surely be more exciting!
- She wakes up again, likely too intoxicated to do much and he's almost done then passes out when he gets off.
She said she felt it had gone on for some time at this point, likely she was moving in and out of consciousness.
- He leaves, leaves her there, she passes out again as unlikely to have enough energy to even stand up for a number of hours.
- He leaves via security, they know something is not right and go check, but make no attempt to see if she is ok mentally.
Fail# 2, Security found her naked, but asleep, everything is normal apparently in the eyes of Parliament Security, likely far from the first time.
- No bruises, no marks and probably nothing but witnesses to say she was up for it before hand which would discredit her somewhat as a witness so she avoids reporting to the police.
- She talks to her sisterhood, they likely tell her no evidence to support a rape case. She may or may not want it to get out that she hooked up with him.
- Feedback to her female boss however likely knows it wasn't consensual but no evidence otherwise and there maybe rumors from the past. She basically gives him the option of resign or face a full enquiry and be tagged publicly as a potential sex offender, his career there would be finished regardless.
To be honest if this is the case I think the Minster is potentially bluffing and sees that with no evidence, the best way foreword for the guy to simply leave. She was probably told to make better life choices.