Former Alan Tudge employee Rachelle Miller has released the Commonwealth and Prime Minister Scott Morrison from any confidentiality obligations they have in relation to a complaint she filed against the government for its handling.
Miller, who had an affair with Tudge, filed a lawsuit over allegations of intimidation, harassment and discrimination while working for him and fellow firm Michaelia Cash, who is now attorney general.
It was revealed this week that the government paved the way for Tudge to be reinstated in the cabinet after the election, on the grounds that the Department of Finance had offered more than $500,000 to settle a complaint filed by Miller about his treatment. while she was a councillor.
In a letter to the Commonwealth, Miller’s lawyers said the reported settlement sum was accepted as confidential and that their client was not the source of the leak.
“Neither our client, nor her husband, nor anyone retained by her in this firm or her attorney has made any disclosure to anyone who may be directly or indirectly the source of these articles,” wrote the attorney for Miller, Peter Gordon.
“It must therefore be true that the source or sources of these articles are from the Commonwealth Government.
“The leak has caused our client acute stress and embarrassment as well as significant ongoing media harassment. In the context of the election campaign, our client sees no end to this harassment until that the matter is satisfactorily resolved.
Mr Gordon said his client ‘remains fully bound by confidentiality in relation to this matter’.