/ 03 March 2021

Stepping out of the shadows

The unnamed Cabinet minister at the centre of historical rape claims is set to make a public statement today. Reports say he won’t step aside and will proclaim his innocence. The pressure continued to build on the Morrison Government yesterday with former PM Malcolm Turnbull saying the man must “front up”. Speaking about the case on ABC’s Radio National breakfast program yesterday, Turnbull also suggested that the circumstances around the woman’s death were not clear. “We don’t know for sure that she took her own life. We know for sure that she is dead. And there needs to be an inquest,” he said. NSW Police formally shut down the possibility of an investigation because there is “insufficient admissible evidence” to pursue it after the woman took her own life last year. And Federal Police also closed off hope they might investigate, saying the claims don’t fall into its jurisdiction.

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