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‘It’s not OK’: MP allegedly drugged, sexually assaulted

Queensland Labor MP Brittany Lauga has closed her electorate office after her staff were threatened.

Queensland Labor MP Brittany Lauga has closed her electorate office after her staff were threatened. Photo: AAP

Queensland Labor MP Brittany Lauga says she was drugged and sexually assaulted on a night out, with police confirming they are aware of claims of similar incidents.

The state Assistant Health Minister has posted on social media that she went to the police and the hospital on April 28 after she was allegedly drugged and assaulted on a night out in her electorate of Yeppoon, in central Queensland.

“Tests at the hospital confirmed the presence of drugs in my body which I did not take. This substance impacted me significantly,” she said.

Lauga was reportedly contacted by other women who alleged they were also drugged on the Saturday evening.

“This could have happened to anyone and tragically, it does happen to many of us,” she said.

“It’s not OK. We should be able to enjoy socialising in our town without the risk of being drugged or assaulted.”

Queensland Police confirmed officers were investigating a sexual assault complaint about an incident in Yeppoon.

“Investigations into this matter are ongoing,” police said.

The force said officers were “aware of claims of similar incidents” and urged anyone who has had their drink spiked or experienced something similar to formally report the matter.

Lauga said she was taking time to physically and emotionally heal after the alleged incident but thanked people who had contacted her to show support.

“I truly value your thoughtful messages, gestures and kindness,” she said.

Premier Steven Miles said Lauga had experienced an incident that nobody should and extended his support to the MP.

“No one should have to go through what Brittany is going through,” he said.

“My sole focus is on Brittany and her wellbeing. I’ve told Brittany that we’re here to support her, whatever she needs.”

Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon said she and her parliamentary colleagues were shocked by the allegations.

“Reading through that statement is really difficult reading,” she said on Saturday.

“Brittany is a colleague. She is a friend. She is a young woman in Queensland parliament.”

Cabinet had extended its support to Lauga as she took time away from parliament to recover from the alleged incident, Scanlon said.

– AAP

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