Friday, March 5, 2021



Legal experts call for independent investigation of historical rape claim against minister | Australian politics

Legal experts have called for an independent investigation of the historical rape alleged to have been committed by a cabinet minister, citing it as a “very serious” integrity issue for the cabinet.The call by Geoffrey Watson, a barrister and director of the Centre for Public Integrity, challenges the Morrison government’s position that the police – and only the police – should investigate the serious offence, alleged to have occurred in 1988.It comes after the Greens leader, Adam Bandt, called on Scott Morrison to stand the minister aside pending an independent...

Cabinet minister rape claim: victim’s friend says she wants alleged perpetrator ‘sacked’ | Australian politics

As pressure builds on Scott Morrison to investigate allegations of a historical rape levelled against one of his cabinet ministers, a woman who had known the victim for 30 years has come out to say she “absolutely, 100% believes” her friend.New South Wales police have confirmed the alleged victim reported the incident to them in February 2020, and the allegations have also been forwarded to the Australian federal police.The woman took her own life in June.“It’s just so tragic, she would have turned 50 a few days ago,” the woman’s...

Nicolle Flint: Liberal MP who spoke out about sexist abuse will not recontest election | Australian politics

Scott Morrison has acknowledged being a member of parliament “does sometimes attract unacceptable behaviour” as he paid tribute to Nicolle Flint, the South Australian Liberal MP who has announced she will not contest the next election.Flint holds South Australia’s most marginal seat of Boothby. The MP has been outspoken about sexist abuse she has suffered in public life, and her foreshadowed departure coincides with a debate about duty of care sparked by the rape allegations levelled by the former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.The Higgins allegations, and the government’s handling of...

Former Liberal minister attacks ‘secret men’s business’ after cabinet minister accused of historical rape | Australian politics

Former Liberal minister Dr Sharman Stone has attacked a broader culture of parliamentary sexism and misogyny after the ABC revealed on Friday that a letter had been sent to the prime minister and police alleging a federal cabinet minister raped a woman before he entered parliament.The ABC’s Four Corners reported the letter included allegations from a now-deceased woman alleging she was raped in 1988. The letter urged prime minister Scott Morrison to establish an independent investigation into the alleged sexual assault. The letter was forwarded to police after also being...
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