Parliament was shaken by an allegation of sexual assault against a cabinet minister.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly received a letter about the alleged rape, which allegedly occurred in 1988, before the accused entered politics, ABC reported.
The letter, which would have been shared with ABC by a friend of the claimant, allegedly urges Mr. Morrison to investigate the incident.
Correspondence was sent to the Australian Federal Police by Labor Senator Penny Wong and Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who were also the recipients. The situation comes amid allegations by former liberal employee Brittany Higgins that she was raped by a colleague in 2019.
Earlier, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton doubled claims that Higgins’ rape charges were “she said, he said”.
Mr Dutton revealed on Thursday that he had not received “the details of ‘she said, he said’ of the allegation” when he was informed of the incident by the Australian Federal Police earlier this month.
The nature of the comments was criticized, but Mr Dutton told Today that he was trying to make it clear that the rule of law should apply.
“What I wanted to say was in relation to these cases, the police are going to hear different reports,” he said. “They will hear evidence from different people, they will distill it all and decide whether or not a process should take place.
“This is not to harm the victim, nor to diminish the seriousness of this matter.” Mr Dutton said that sexual assault of women and sexual harassment in the workplace are “abominable acts”.
“I don’t see a more important task (than) protecting women and children, and I do that every day,” said Dutton.
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