Nationals MP accepts harassment apology

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Nationals MP Anne Webster has lodged a formal complaint after being sexually harassed by a coalition colleague at Parliament House.

Dr Webster said the incident occurred in the chamber last week.

She confronted the man involved and relayed the incident to Nationals leader Michael McCormack.

The man has since apologised.

"I am satisfied with an apology at this point in time," Dr Webster told the ABC on Monday.

"The point to me is that what was deemed okay 50 years ago, 30 years ago, is no longer the case. Culture has changed, we need to change culture in Parliament House."

Several weeks ago, when Brittany Higgins first came forward with rape allegations, Dr Webster was nominated as a primary point of contact for Nationals staff and politicians to contact with workplace concerns.

She plans on contributing to a review of workplace conditions in Parliament House, which is being led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.

"Every decision we make in parliament, every decision we make to laugh at someone's innuendo, every decision we make to stand by and say nothing, does not assist us," Dr Webster said.

"We want respect to be the foremost attribute of all of our workplaces across Australia. We need to step up and show that, and we all have a responsibility in that.

"We have a right to have a safe place to work in and it behoves all of us to engage in that."

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said he was unaware of the details of Dr Webster's claim, but it was important they be immediately pursued.

"She is entitled to be safe. Every woman, everywhere, is entitled to be safe every single day," Mr Hunt told reporters in Melbourne.