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Bullying and harassment in the New Zealand parliamentary workplace

Parliament Quality of work life Working conditions Workplace bullying New Zealand

This report contains the findings and recommendations of the independent external review into harmful behaviour within the parliamentary workplace. The review, carried out by independent external reviewer, Debbie Francis, took five months and makes 85 recommendations.  

The review provided current and former staff with the opportunity to share their relevant perspectives by outlining in person or in writing their experiences of perceived bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment. The reviewer used a mix of interviews (including Chiefs of Staff, Chief Whips and members (randomly selected), focus groups (each group comprising individuals from the same political party, not a combination from different political parties) and survey techniques. 

As an independent reviewer, Ms Francis had full ownership over how the review was run, and all aspects of the review were independent from Parliament and the agencies involved.

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