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November 08, 2018 15:08:22

ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper has detailed allegations NSW Opposition Chief Luke Foley positioned his fingers inside her underpants throughout a Christmas Get together in 2016.

The incident was raised underneath parliamentary privilege in each Sydney and Canberra, with Mr Foley repeatedly denying any wrongdoing.

Right here is her assertion in full:

It is a place I by no means wished to be in and an announcement I by no means meant to make.

However I believe the time has come for my voice to be heard, for the next causes:

The escalation of the general public debate, together with in state and federal parliament, regardless of my expressed want to neither remark nor complain, and the chance of ongoing media and political curiosity.

Two current telephone conversations with the Chief of the New South Wales Opposition Luke Foley.

To set the file straight.

In November 2016 I attended an official Christmas perform at New South Wales Parliament Home for state political reporters, politicians and their workers.

That is what occurred on that evening.

The social gathering moved from Parliament Home to Martin Place Bar after quite a lot of hours.

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Later within the night, Luke Foley approached a bunch of individuals, together with me, to say goodnight.

He stood subsequent to me.

He put his hand by means of a spot behind my costume and inside my underpants.

He rested his hand on my buttocks.

I fully froze.

This was witnessed by Sean Nicholls, who was then the state political editor on the Sydney Morning Herald and is now an ABC journalist.

Mr Foley then left the bar.

Sean and I mentioned what occurred.

As shaken as I used to be, I made a decision to not take any motion and requested Sean to maintain the occasions within the strictest confidence.

He has honoured that.

I selected to not make a criticism for quite a lot of causes.

It’s clear to me {that a} lady who’s the topic of such behaviour is commonly the one that suffers as soon as a criticism is made.

I cherished my place as a state political reporter and feared that might be misplaced.

I additionally feared the unfavorable influence the publicity might have on me personally and on my younger household.

This influence is now being felt profoundly.

When a reporter contacted me earlier this 12 months after listening to in regards to the incident, I knowledgeable ABC information administration about Mr Foley’s actions.

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I instructed them I did not want to make a criticism or for any additional motion to be taken.

They revered my request for privateness and have provided me nothing however their absolute care and assist.

David Elliot raised the matter within the New South Wales Parliament final month, placing the incident within the public area.

The matter then grew to become a state and federal political subject and resulted in intense media consideration.

This occurred with out my involvement or consent.

Final Sunday (November 4) Luke Foley known as me on my cell phone and we had a dialog that lasted 19 minutes.

He stated he was sorry and that he was filled with regret for his behaviour in the direction of me on the Press Gallery Christmas perform in November 2016.

He instructed me he had wished to speak to me about that evening on many events over the previous two years as a result of, whereas he was drunk and could not bear in mind all the small print of the evening, he knew he did one thing to offend me.

He apologised once more and instructed me, “I am not a philanderer, I am not a groper, I am only a drunk fool”.

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He stated he can be resigning because the chief of the New South Wales Labor Get together on both the subsequent day (Monday, November 5) or Wednesday (November 7).

He stated he could not resign on the Tuesday as a result of it was Melbourne Cup Day and he did not need to be accused of burying the story.

On Tuesday (November 6) Mr Foley known as me once more.

He repeated his apology and instructed me he owed me “numerous contrition”.

He knowledgeable me he’d acquired authorized recommendation to not resign as Opposition Chief.

He indicated he meant to comply with that recommendation.

There are three issues I need to come from my resolution to make this assertion.

First, girls ought to be capable to go about their skilled lives and socialise with out being topic to this form of behaviour.

And I need it to cease.

Second, conditions like mine shouldn’t be mentioned in parliament for the sake of political level scoring.

And I need it to cease.

Third, I need to get on with my life.

I don’t want to make any additional remark.

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November 08, 2018 15:03:20

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