LONG-standing Border federal MP Sussan Ley says Parliament House in Canberra is a "safe environment".
The Liberal minister was replying to questions from The Border Mail in the wake of a former government staffer, Brittany Higgins, revealing she was allegedly raped in the landmark building by a fellow worker.
"Parliament House brings together a wide range of people of all ages, from many diverse backgrounds and life experiences," Ms Ley said.
"After 20 years of coming here I would say the working atmosphere in MP's offices through to the many hundreds of building staff, is typically courteous and respectful and conducted in a safe environment."
However, Ms Ley said Ms Higgins' news justifed action.
"The awful occurrence so bravely disclosed by Brittany Higgins has shown all of us that we need to take another look at the culture and processes in this place, making sure there are no exceptions to a safe and supportive workplace," she said on Thursday.
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"The Prime Minister has now initiated a number of measures to ensure that process is made clearer.
"And I also welcome the AFP's advice today that any incident which should be reported to the police, must be reported."
Ms Ley declined to answer questions about whether there was a disrespect for women in the Liberal Party or if she would contribute to a review of culture.
Indi MP Helen Haines wants a warts-and-all review.
"We need to change this place, and the best way to do that is to have someone at arm's length from government, from the party, political process - someone who is completely independent to investigate this," the Independent said.
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