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Brittany Higgins’ SECOND taxpayer-funded fee is revealed in contemporary bombshell – as particulars are uncovered about how her $2.4m compensation deal was struck with Anthony Albanese’s authorities behind closed doorways

Brittany Higgins’ SECOND taxpayer-funded fee is revealed in contemporary bombshell – as particulars are uncovered about how her .4m compensation deal was struck with Anthony Albanese’s authorities behind closed doorways


EXCLUSIVE

Brittany Higgins was paid a second taxpayer-funded sum along with her $2.4million compensation fee from the Federal authorities, Day by day Mail Australia can reveal.

Paperwork launched by the Federal Court docket for Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation trial in opposition to Community Ten and Lisa Wilkinson final evening present Ms Higgins obtained a ‘modest’ sum of economic help from the ACT Victims of Crime Fee.

The precise fee made to Ms Higgins by the organisation – which is headed by shut Higgins supporter, Victims of Crime Commissioner Heidi Yates – was not made clear within the paperwork.

It comes because the deed for Ms Higgins’ compensation declare in opposition to the Commonwealth over her alleged rape revealed she was individually handed a multimillion-dollar fee after placing a settlement that was primarily based completely on her personal model of occasions.

Opposite proof from different key witnesses was not introduced into the mediation room with Anthony Albanese’s authorities.

Brittany Higgins was paid a second taxpayer-fund sum by a government organisation, in addition to a $2.4million compensation payment from the Federal government

Brittany Higgins was paid a second taxpayer-fund sum by a authorities organisation, along with a $2.4million compensation fee from the Federal authorities

The exact payment made to Ms Higgins by the organisation - which is headed by close Higgins supporter, Victims of Crime Commissioner Heidi Yates (pictured in blue next to Higgins outside the Supreme Court on October 27, 2022) - was not made clear in the documents

The exact payment made to Ms Higgins by the organisation - which is headed by close Higgins supporter, Victims of Crime Commissioner Heidi Yates (pictured in blue next to Higgins outside the Supreme Court on October 27, 2022) - was not made clear in the documents

The precise fee made to Ms Higgins by the organisation – which is headed by shut Higgins supporter, Victims of Crime Commissioner Heidi Yates (pictured in blue subsequent to Higgins exterior the Supreme Court docket on October 27, 2022) – was not made clear within the paperwork

Justice Michael Lee, who’s presiding over the defamation listening to, instructed the courtroom on Thursday there was a ‘disparity between the proof she gave in these proceedings and the reality of the matter’.

Earlier within the week, Ms Higgins instructed the courtroom the Albanese authorities admitted legal responsibility and ‘breached its responsibility of care and did not undergo correct processes’.

However the doc particularly states all claims had been settled ‘with none admission of legal responsibility’, and the deed seems to have been drafted by Ms Higgins’ authorized crew alone.

There was no reference to the factors raised throughout Mr Lehrmann’s felony trial in October 2022.

The settlement was dated December 13, 2022 – properly after proof was heard and tendered to the ACT Supreme Court docket, and ten days after the previous ACT Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the cost in opposition to Mr Lehrmann.

Not solely does Ms Higgins make closely disputed claims about her former bosses Michaelia Money and Linda Reynolds, her model of the alleged sexual assault seems completely different to what she instructed journalists, police, and two courts.

Her ‘damage, misery and humiliation’ was valued at $400,000, previous and future home help value $100,000, $220,000 for medical bills, authorized charges had been an additional $245,000, and $1,480,000 was paid for misplaced wages.

That involves about $2.445million in Federal compensation – which is about $145,000 greater than the $2.3million estimate she instructed Justice Lee on Tuesday.

The evening of the alleged rape

There seems to be quite a few inconsistent statements within the model of occasions Ms Higgins instructed journalists, police, the ACT Supreme Court docket, and the Federal Court docket.

Ms Higgins says within the settlement Mr Lehrmann was shopping for rounds of drinks on March 22, 2019, which he was, but it surely additionally states she seen that he wasn’t ingesting himself.

If she held that view when she she first gave her model of occasions in 2021, there was no purpose for her to have nonetheless held that view by December final 12 months.

CCTV from The Dock resort in Canberra from that night has now performed earlier than two courts, and on Community Seven’s Highlight program, and clearly reveals Mr Lehrmann ingesting beer and conversing with Ms Higgins whereas doing so.

CCTV shows Mr Lehrmann and Ms Higgins drinking together at The Dock hotel in Canberra on the night of the alleged sexual assault

CCTV shows Mr Lehrmann and Ms Higgins drinking together at The Dock hotel in Canberra on the night of the alleged sexual assault

Lehrmann is seen on CCTV reaching for a beer

Lehrmann is seen on CCTV reaching for a beer

CCTV reveals Mr Lehrmann and Ms Higgins ingesting collectively at The Dock resort in Canberra on the evening of the alleged sexual assault

Ms Higgins and Mr Lehrmann are captured on CCTV walking into the Minister's office

Ms Higgins and Mr Lehrmann are captured on CCTV walking into the Minister's office

Ms Higgins and Mr Lehrmann are captured on CCTV strolling into the Minister’s workplace 

The footage hadn’t performed on tv or within the Federal Court docket when the deed was signed, but it surely was performed throughout Mr Lehrmann’s felony trial two months prior and broadly reported within the media. 

She additionally hadn’t correctly detailed how she received from nightclub 88mph to a Taxi or an Uber with Mr Lehrmann within the early hours of March 23, 2019 – she has largely maintained she did not keep in mind as a result of she was intoxicated.

Based on the settlement, she ‘determined she wanted to go residence’, so Mr Lehrmann walked her to the taxi and – ‘with out settlement or invitation’ – he joined her and stated they lived in the identical course.

Her proof in courtroom was extra normal in nature, stating they had been with two different colleagues and it was determined among the many group that the opposite two would share a cab as a result of they lived in a single course, and Ms Higgins and Mr Lehrmann lived within the different.

The courtroom has not heard that she pinned Mr Lehrmann as the explanation they shared a taxi residence, nor did she point out that he ‘directed’ her to get out of the automotive as soon as they arrived at Parliament Home.

Bruce Lehrmann has launched a defamation case against Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson

Bruce Lehrmann has launched a defamation case against Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson

Bruce Lehrmann has launched a defamation case in opposition to Community Ten and Lisa Wilkinson 

She broke down on the witness stand final week when attempting to clarify why she received out of the automotive – she finally did not know why, however instructed it could have been an Uber with just one cease, so she needed to get out. 

The settlement declare goes on to say that Mr Lehrmann ‘led’ Ms Higgins to the ministerial suite and began on the lookout for one thing.

Safety footage, which Ms Higgins herself had seen when the deed was signed, clearly reveals a safety guard main the pair up the corridor and into the ministerial suite – the safety guard is in entrance, Ms Higgins is behind her, and Mr Lehrmann is on the again.

Claims in opposition to Linda Reynolds and Fiona Brown

Ms Higgins’ settlement additionally particulars quite a few claims in opposition to her former bosses, then-defence business minister Linda Reynolds and her chief-of-staff Fiona Brown, and former employment minister Michaelia Money. 

Ms Reynolds and Ms Money had been excluded from being concerned in mediation talks. 

All three gave proof at Mr Lehrmann’s felony trial final 12 months and denied failing to assist Ms Higgins after she disclosed her rape allegations.

Based on Ms Higgins’ model of occasions, as outlined within the settlement declare, she instructed Ms Reynolds and Ms Brown she was allegedly raped and so they did little or no to assist her.

Ms Higgins claimed she was shown no support but managed to work up a smile when she had her photo taken with Ms Reynolds at a campaign dinner

Ms Higgins claimed she was shown no support but managed to work up a smile when she had her photo taken with Ms Reynolds at a campaign dinner

Ms Higgins claimed she was proven no assist however managed to work up a smile when she had her photograph taken with Ms Reynolds at a marketing campaign dinner

‘Ms Brown made it clear by her phrases and manner that the occasions of twenty-two/23 March 2019 should be put to 1 aspect and that [Ms Higgins] wanted to stay silent in regards to the sexual assault, with a purpose to maintain her job/profession,’ the deed learn.

‘In that context, [Ms Higgins] felt she had no selection however to desert pursuit of the grievance of sexual assault with the AFP.’

She claimed Ms Brown did not ask if she needed to report the incident to police, or if she wanted authorized recommendation. 

Ms Brown turned so emotional whereas on the witness stand throughout Mr Lehrmann’s felony trial final 12 months that she broke down and ran out of the courtroom crying.

She instructed the ACT Supreme Court docket that she had conferences with Mr Lehrmann and Ms Higgins on March 26 – 4 days after the alleged assault – to ask how the night unfolded from their factors of view, as a result of their entry into Parliament Home within the early hours of the morning triggered a safety breach.

However Ms Brown claimed she did not hear about any rape allegations till two days after that, on the Thursday, when Ms Higgins was about to stroll out the door following one other assembly when she instantly stopped.

Ms Brown instructed the courtroom Ms Higgins rotated and stated, ‘I keep in mind him on prime of me’.

She maintained that she tried to be supportive of Ms Higgins, whether or not she determined to report the alleged incident to police or not.

Ms Higgins additionally has the long-held perception that she was given an ultimatum after she disclosed her allegations to Ms Reynolds and Ms Brown – she might both go together with the minister to Perth and assist marketing campaign for the forthcoming election, or she might go residence to the Gold Coast and go away Canberra without end.

Five weeks after her alleged rape, Brittany Higgins sent Mr Dillaway selfies she took wearing the same white dress she wore the night she claims the incident occurred

Five weeks after her alleged rape, Brittany Higgins sent Mr Dillaway selfies she took wearing the same white dress she wore the night she claims the incident occurred

5 weeks after her alleged rape, Brittany Higgins despatched Mr Dillaway selfies she took sporting the identical white gown she wore the evening she claims the incident occurred 

The pictures were part of a tranche of documents released by the Federal Court as part Mr Lehrmann's defamation action against Lisa Wilkinson and Network Ten

The pictures were part of a tranche of documents released by the Federal Court as part Mr Lehrmann's defamation action against Lisa Wilkinson and Network Ten

The photographs had been a part of a tranche of paperwork launched by the Federal Court docket as half Mr Lehrmann’s defamation motion in opposition to Lisa Wilkinson and Community Ten

Ms Reynolds and Ms Brown each instructed a courtroom that they didn’t give her an ‘ultimatum’, however she did have the choice of going to Perth – so she went.

Based on the deed, Ms Higgins was ‘required to principally work in her personal resort room, seven days per week for six weeks’ – which seems to be new info.

Within the Federal Court docket on Thursday, Ms Higgins’ ex-boyfriend Ben Dillaway was questioned a few collection of texts she despatched him whereas she was in Perth, in April and Might 2019.

In every textual content, Ms Higgins gave the impression to be having fun with her time in Perth – working with colleagues and, at one stage, placing a neighborhood press launch collectively.

Mr Lehrmann’s barrister Steven Whybrown SC put to Mr Dillaway that Ms Higgins despatched extra optimistic messages than unfavourable ones.

‘I need to counsel to you that all through this era, Ms Higgins has constantly indicated to you that she was spending time with Linda Reynolds, she was hyped, her complete life was nice and issues of that nature,’ he stated.

Mr Dillaway stated he had believed her temper was ‘up and down just like the surf’ – saying she appeared ‘elated’ at instances, and down at others – however he conceded the texts had been doubtless extra correct than his recollection.

The deed additionally says Ms Reynolds didn’t have interaction along with her in any respect through the election marketing campaign, however a photograph tendered to 2 courts confirmed Ms Higgins sitting subsequent to Ms Reynolds at her birthday in Perth – sporting the identical gown she alleged she was raped in.

Claims in opposition to Michaelia Money 

The doc additionally says Ms Money expressed the significance of ‘not speaking to anybody in regards to the [alleged] sexual assault, particularly the media’.

‘Members of Minister Money’s workplace, together with Minister Money herself on November 10 2020, started by ‘checking in’ on [Ms Higgins] however solely out of concern that she may communicate to the press.’

In courtroom final 12 months, Ms Money denied realizing about any sexual assault allegations previous to February 5, 2021 – the day Ms Higgins stop her job.

Michaelia Cash and Brittany Higgins are pictured together

Michaelia Cash and Brittany Higgins are pictured together

Michaelia Money and Brittany Higgins are pictured collectively

Prosecutor Shane Drumgold grilled her about whether or not she knew in regards to the alleged rape or not, and put to her that she was denying any information ‘as a result of it could politically embarrassing’.

Ms Money replied: ‘Completely not … I do not perceive the political connection to this.’

Mr Drumgold continued: ‘I am suggesting, as early as October 2019, that Ms Higgins had a conversations in regards to the sexual ingredient of what she stated occurred to her in Senator Reynolds’ workplace.’

Ms Money replied: ‘Not a sexual ingredient. The primary time she talked about that was in a dialog on February 5, 2021.’

The declare additionally accuses Ms Money of telling Ms Higgins to ‘suck it up’ when she stated it was tough getting into the office by means of the ministerial entrance, the place she entered the constructing with Mr Lehrmann on the evening of the alleged assault.

‘Unable to work’

The majority of the $2.4million fee was for about 40 years price of misplaced wages.

The deed says: ‘Other than at some point, the claimant has not labored since February 8, 2021.’

‘The claimant has been identified as medically unfit for any type of employment and has been given a really poor prognosis for future employment.’

Day by day Mail Australia beforehand revealed Ms Higgins landed a job at Victoria’s First Folks’s Meeting in February 2021 – after she stop her job in Parliament Home.

It’s unclear if that’s included within the single day she labored after February 8, however Ms Higgins additionally landed a $325,000 guide cope with Penguin Random Home the next month.

She received an advance price $108,000 on the time, and was promised the remainder upon completion.

The guide, tentatively titled #notjustadaughter, was drafted however has been shelved as a result of authorized proceedings. 



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