Investigation into rape allegations against cabinet minister ‘closed’

New South Wales Police will not proceed with an investigation into historical rape allegations against a Federal Cabinet Minister, declaring the matter is now closed.

The woman alleges she was raped in Sydney in 1988 before the man entered politics.

A letter detailing the allegations was sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday along with Labor Senate Leader Penny Wong and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.


New South Wales Police has since confirmed it had received reports of a historical sexual assault allegation in February 2020.

Detectives were due to travel to Adelaide in March last year, but that trip was postponed because of COVID.

The woman reportedly told police in June that she did not want to proceed with the investigation.

She took her own life the following day.

New South Wales Police says it came into possession of a personal document purportedly made the woman before her death.

“NSW Police have since sought legal advice in relation to these matters,” it said in a statement.

“Based on information provided to NSW Police, there is insufficient admissible evidence to proceed.

“As such, NSW Police Force has determined the matter is now closed.”

On Monday, the Prime Minister insisted the matter was for Police and he would not ask the Minister to stand down while an investigation took place.

“We can’t have a situation where the mere making of an allegation and that being publicised through the media is grounds for, you know, governments to stand people down simply on the basis of that,” Mr Morrison said.

“We have a rule of law in this country and it’s appropriate that these things were referred to the Federal Police. ”

Mr Morrison says the minister “categorically denies” the allegations.

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