Brittany Higgins appears in the Lehrmann trial; Optus Breach Fallout continues; The fallout from Andrew Thorburn Essendon Bombers’ retirement continues; Stage three tax cuts split Labor, Liberal MPs; Simon Birmingham calls for Teena McQueen’s resignation

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Brittany Higgins has told a court that she made secret recordings of conversations with former coalition minister Michaelia Cash and her chief of staff Daniel Try about their sexual assault allegations and distributed them “to as many people as possible” for safekeeping, including a journalist .

Higgins worked for Cash after the 2019 election, having previously worked for Linda Reynolds, and alleges another employee, Bruce Lehrmann, raped her early March 23, 2019, after a drunk night in Reynolds’ office. Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty to one sexual assault charge and denies having sex with Higgins.

Brittany Higgins arrives Thursday for the third day of criminal proceedings at the ACT Supreme Court in Canberra.

Brittany Higgins arrives Thursday for the third day of criminal proceedings at the ACT Supreme Court in Canberra.Recognition:Alex Ellinghausen

When questioned by Lehrmann’s attorney Steven Whybrow on the third day of the ACT Supreme Court trial, Higgins said she took the footage of Cash and Try in advance of her story’s publication and sent one copy to journalist Samantha Maiden and another to Emma Webster of the First People’s Assembly of Victoria.

“It was for safekeeping … I tried to give it to as many people as possible,” Higgins said. “It’s my word against a cabinet minister and the disparity between these two powers is ridiculous.”

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Joel McCord

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