Female staffer who had consensual affair with a powerful minister resurfaces to claim she only told a 'small part' of her story in TV interview

A political staffer who had a consensual love affair with a minister when both were married has claimed she has only ever told a ‘small part’ of their story. 

Rachelle Miller called a press conference at Parliament House on Thursday to call for the culture in the halls of power in Canberra to be reformed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison shared shocking details from a report compiled by Sex Discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins earlier this week, which lifted a lid on the seedy culture in the nation’s capital. 

Ms Miller said today: ‘I stand in my former workplace to say, again, that what happened to me in this place was not OK.’

She then shared further details about her relationship with Alan Tudge, who is currently the Education Minister. 

Rachelle Miller was Minister Alan Tudge's press secretary when they had a consensual affair

Rachelle Miller was Minister Alan Tudge’s press secretary when they had a consensual affair

Ms Miller claimed Mr Tudge once kicked her out of his hotel room when she had to field a media call at 4am during a trip to Western Australia.

She had been naked in Mr Tudge’s bed at the time. 

She said: ‘My mobile phone started ringing. I woke up in the pitch black dark and reached for my phone.

‘It was about 4am and a morning media producer was calling about the front-page story, wanting to line up an interview with the Minister.

‘(Mr Tudge) was furious, telling me to ‘get the f**k out of his bed’. I quickly told the producer I would call her back. I then realised I was completely naked.

‘I fell off the side of the bed and ended up on the floor. I searched around in the dark for my clothes. 

Rachelle Miller with now-Education Minister Alan Tudge

Rachelle Miller with now-Education Minister Alan Tudge 

‘He was yelling at me that ‘my phone had woken him up. He needed to get more sleep’.’

The then-press secretary returned to room and arrange Mr Tudge, she said.   

Mr Tudge denied Ms Miller’s claims in a statement: ‘I completely and utterly reject Ms Miller’s version of events.

‘Ms Miller and I had a consensual affair in 2017 as both of us have publicly acknowledged. This is something I deeply regret.’

A parliamentary review cleared Mr Tudge of any wrongdoing with his  affair. 

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