News – AU – Cabinet ministers rape allegations


Prime Minister Scott Morrison now deals with allegations of sexual assault regarding one of his own ministers in 1988

A letter was sent Friday to Mr Morrison, Senate Labor Leader Penny Wong and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young alleging the rape of a senior minister before he entered politics

The letter was accompanied by a detailed statement prepared by the applicant for her lawyer, as reported by ABC’s Four Corners

A spokesman for Mr Morrison said Friday night that all allegations should be referred to the Australian Federal Police

“According to the instructions of the AFP commissioner, complaints or allegations of this kind should be referred to anyone – whether parliamentarians or journalists – to the AFP,” the statement reads

On Friday evening, an AFP spokesman said in a statement that the force would “not comment on the matter”

Senators Hanson-Young and Wong both released statements that they contacted AFP about the letter

Ms. Hanson-Young said the information she received was a “disturbing and very serious allegation of a criminal nature against a senior government official”

Senator Wong said it was her understanding that the applicant, who was 16 years old at the time of the alleged attack in Sydney, reported the attack to NSW Police and South Australia Police

According to Four Corners, the woman reported the alleged rape to NSW police in February 2020, but took her own life in June after telling them she no longer wanted to proceed with the complaint

NSW police said in a statement Friday night that a report of suspected historical sexual violence had been received in February 2020 and detectives had opened an investigation under Strike Force Wyndarra

“After strike investigators were told that the body of a 49-year-old woman was found on Wednesday the 24th Found in a house in Adelaide on June 6, 2020, by the South Australia Police (SAPOL), the investigation has been suspended, “the statement said

The explosive revelations come two weeks after former Liberal worker Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations engulfed parliamentary sessions and prompted major Australian political parties to support a cultural overhaul

The Morrison administration has come under severe pressure over its response to the 2019 incident in which Ms. Higgins claims she was sexually assaulted by a former colleague in the House of Parliament

There are currently four inquiries, including a multi-party investigation, underway to ensure that Parliament provides a safe working environment

The National Executive of Labor passed a code of conduct and three guidelines on Friday addressing the prevention and response to sexual harassment, harassment and bullying, and the handling of complaints

Ms. Higgins urges change after feeling unsupported when she first made the accusation, leading her to withdraw her police complaint for fear of losing her job

Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds was discharged from the hospital Friday after being admitted on the advice of her cardiologist

Senator Reynolds, who was Ms. Higgins’s boss at the time of the incident, has undergone rigorous scrutiny for handling the complaint

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News – AU – Cabinet ministers rape allegations