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Two cabinet ministers attended event at which woman alleged Christian Porter raped her

Exclusive: Greg Hunt and Paul Fletcher were at the 1988 debating competition attended by the attorney general who has strenuously denied wrongdoingTwo cabinet ministers attended the 1988 university debating competition at which a woman has alleged she was sexually assaulted by Christian Porter, although members of the Morrison government insist they had no ongoing association with her.Guardian Australia can reveal that the health minister, Greg Hunt, and communications minister, Paul Fletcher, a...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Julie Bishop, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Australian education, Australian Universities, Morrison, Christian Porter, Paul Fletcher, Simon Birmingham


Australia news live: Scott Morrison says Howard Springs Covid quarantine facility to be expanded

Sex discrimination commissioner to lead review of parliament culture; Italy blocks 250,000 doses of Covid vaccine under the EU’s export authorisation scheme. Follow latest updatesItaly blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AustraliaClive Palmer’s Covid vaccine ad in News Corp paper factually wrong, regulator saysFollow our global Covid live blog 3.22am GMT The Queensland premier has also announced that some restrictions are easing. From Monday, up to 200 people can attend a w...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Australian politics, Italy, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, News Corp, South Australia


Australia news live: Scott Morrison speaking after national cabinet meeting

Sex discrimination commissioner to lead review of parliament culture; Italy blocks 250,000 doses of Covid vaccine under the EU’s export authorisation scheme. Follow latest updatesItaly blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AustraliaClive Palmer’s Covid vaccine ad in News Corp paper factually wrong, regulator saysFollow our global Covid live blog 2.26am GMT Morrison says it is the wet season in the NT at the moment, but it is hoped the Howard Springs expansion would be complet...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Australian politics, Italy, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, News Corp, South Australia


Will Scott Morrison commit to a radical shake-up of aged care? – with Lenore Taylor

Report after report has looked into Australia’s broken aged care system, and now a royal commission has handed down 148 recommendations. But will the Morrison government make the radical changes needed to improve the lives of older Australians? You can also read: Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Lenore Taylor, Aged care (Australia


More friends and family of Christian Porter accuser back calls for rape allegation inquiry

The attorney general acknowledges he may have seen the woman after 1988, despite saying he had no recollection of further contact Scott Morrison faces a growing clamour for an independent investigation into the contested rape allegation against Christian Porter, as the attorney general acknowledged he may have had contact with the woman after 1988.Hours after the prime minister had rejected the need for an arm’s-length probe on the basis that would offend the rule of law, the family of the woman...
Tags: Australia news, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Porter, Christian Porter, Rape and sexual assault


Australia news live: parents of Christian Porter accuser support inquiry into daughter's death

Pressure mounts for inquiry into historical rape allegation made against attorney general as PM says there’s ‘no suggestion’ Porter will step down. Follow latest updates Porter denies historical rape allegationKnown unknowns: questions Porter did not addressJournalists reject Porter’s claim media never contacted himKatharine Murphy: Morrison must call an independent inquiryFollow the global Covid liveblog 4.17am GMT Brittany Higgins has described comments made about her by defence minister L...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian economy, Morrison, Porter


The attorney general accused of rape - podcast

Last Friday, it was reported that a current cabinet minister is at the centre of a historical rape allegation. On Wednesday, that minister – attorney general Christian Porter – came forward and firmly denied that allegation, stating that it simply never happened. Political editor Katharine Murphy explains how this allegation came to light and breaks down the prime minister’s response In Australia support for sexual assault survivors is available at 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732 . Children a...
Tags: Gender, Law, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter, Katharine Murphy, Rape and sexual assault, Blue Knot Foundation


The attorney general accused of rape - with Ka

Last Friday, it was reported that a current cabinet minister is at the centre of a historical rape allegation. On Wednesday, that minister – attorney general Christian Porter – came forward and firmly denied that allegation, stating that it simply never happened. Political editor Katharine Murphy explains how this allegation came to light and breaks down the prime minister’s response In Australia support for sexual assault survivors is available at 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732 . Children a...
Tags: Gender, Law, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter, Katharine Murphy, Rape and sexual assault, Blue Knot Foundation


Scott Morrison must call an independent inquiry into the Christian Porter rape allegation. It’s the only valid course | Katharine Murphy

The PM needs to decide whether to let the attorney general’s defence be the last word on the case or to represent all the interests involved, including the alleged victim’sIf Christian Porter was somehow unaware that survivors of sexual assault in the #MeToo era have had enough of being silenced, the Australian of the year, Grace Tame, appeared at the National Press Club on Wednesday to remind him.Only an hour or so before the attorney general confirmed the worst-kept secret on the internet – th...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison, National Press Club, Christian Porter, Katharine Murphy


Grace Tame rebukes Scott Morrison for his handling of sexual assault claims

Australian of the year says prime minister has ‘clearly not’ lived up to his expressed hope that rape survivors feel they will be believed The Australian of the year, Grace Tame, has rebuked the prime minister for his rhetoric and handling of sexual assault claims that have engulfed his government.Tame, a survivor of sexual assault who has been a fearless advocate for fellow survivors and the need to change how the nation and the law handles their cases, was asked to address Scott Morrison admit...
Tags: Australia news, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Rape and sexual assault, Brittany Higgins, Grace Tame


Australia news live: Christian Porter says he is entirely innocent of historical rape allegation

Attorney general strenuously denies claims of rape in 1988, saying ‘the things that are claimed to have happened did not happen’. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s Covid vaccine tracker: when will you get your jab? Follow the global coronavirus liveblog 5.21am GMT Sarah Hanson-Young, still speaking to the ABC on the events of the last few weeks:I’m very aware and alert to the fact that we had Grace Tame at the Press Club today calling on those of us as leaders in our communities, in the parli...
Tags: Health, Business, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Australia Weather


Australia news live: attorney general Christian Porter to speak to media at 3pm AEST

The attorney general says ‘the things that are claimed to have happened did not happen’. Follow latest updates• Australia’s Covid vaccine tracker: when will you get your jab? • Follow the global coronavirus liveblog 4.23am GMT Christian Porter says it is for other people to determine if there should be an independent investigation. 4.22am GMT The attorney-general says he did not have sexual relations with the woman who made the claims.Q: Is your defence here that you didn’t sleep with th...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Christian Porter


Australia news live: accused cabinet minister set to address rape allegation; international borders closed until June

Minister expected to declare his innocence and is not planning on stepping down. Follow latest updates• Full report: cabinet minister to make statement addressing historical rape allegation against him• Australia’s Covid vaccine tracker: when will you get your jab? 9.19pm GMT Wooohooo! It’s a donut day once again for Victoria. I believe this is day five with no news local cases. (The state currently isn’t allowing international flights in so the lack of overseas acquired cases isn’t surprisi...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Cairns, Australian economy, Innisfail, Niran, Cape Melville, Cooktown Port Douglas


Without an inquiry, Scott Morrison's ministerial standards don't amount to a hill of beans | Richard Ackland

For the government to try and sweep allegations of rape against a cabinet minister under the carpet of ‘process’ misconceives what is at stakeShould we know the name of the alleged cabinet-level rapist in Canberra? Of course, we should and we must.Even in our own shaky version of democracy, parliamentary representatives on the public purse are accountable to the people – so it’s ludicrous that a cone of silence should descend on these wretched details. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Richard Ackland


Australia news live: Morrison says cabinet minister has 'vigorously denied' rape allegations – follow live

Prime minister pledges $450m for aged care after royal commission final report. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • Australia’s AstraZeneca vaccine rollout to start by 8 March• Australian ‘myth-busting’ unit established to take on Covid misinformation• Follow the global Covid liveblog• Can Australia vaccinate the entire adult population by October? 4.07am GMT So maybe we should briefly recap.The prime minister Scott Morrison announced the release of the Royal Commission into aged ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Royal Commission, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Morrison speaks to media as aged care royal commission report released – follow live

Drug regulator to begin batch-testing Covid-19 vaccine that arrived in Australia on Sunday. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • Australia’s AstraZeneca vaccine rollout to start by 8 March• Australian ‘myth-busting’ unit established to take on Covid misinformation• Follow the global Covid liveblog• Can Australia vaccinate the entire adult population by October? 3.26am GMT There’s a kind of weird dynamic going on at this press conference. A few journalists are attempting to ask Scot...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: Morrison to speak to media ahead of release of aged care royal commission report – follow live

Drug regulator to begin batch-testing Covid-19 vaccine that arrived in Australia on Sunday. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • Australia’s AstraZeneca vaccine rollout to start by 8 March• Australian ‘myth-busting’ unit established to take on Covid misinformation• Follow the global Covid liveblog• Can Australia vaccinate the entire adult population by October? 2.34am GMT Should be plenty of time for the journalists to read it before the prime minister’s press conference begins in ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Royal Commission, Coronavirus, COVID, Nino Bucci


Coronavirus live news: US approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine; first AstraZeneca jabs arrive in Sydney

Australian state of Victoria reports zero new cases; Auckland seven-day lockdown begins; UK records lowest cases in five monthsFDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccineConcerns grow as UK Covid testing labs scaled back before even openingHouse approves $1.9tn Covid aid bill despite minimum wage setbackNew Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdownSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.15am GMT The first shipment of 300,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses has landed in...
Tags: UK, England, Australia, US, World news, Australia news, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Johnson, Auckland, Reuters, Johnson Johnson


Historical rape claim against current minister a 'test' for PM, Albanese says

Labor leader says Scott Morrison must satisfy himself ‘the current make-up of the cabinet can continue’Anthony Albanese has said a historical rape allegation against a current cabinet minister is a “test” for Scott Morrison, who must satisfy himself it is appropriate for the man to continue in his current position.While agreeing that police were best to investigate the complaint of sexual assault, which allegedly occurred in 1988, the Labor leader argued on Sunday that Morrison must separately “...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Penny Wong, Morrison, Adam Bandt, Albanese


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

Simon Birmingham rejects suggestion unnamed minister at centre of allegations should stand asideAs 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 Austra...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Scott Morrison, Simon Birmingham


Rape scandal at the heart of Australia's parliament leaves PM exposed

Usually media-savvy Scott Morrison has been unable to find his footing dealing with the fallout of an alleged assault inside a minister’s office Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, prides himself on his ability to shape media narratives. A former advertising executive, he is used to controlling the message. But over the past two weeks one story has refused to bend to his will and exposed a weak spot: women.Morrison is struggling to manage growing anger over the handling of a young sta...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Scott Morrison, Morrison


Cabinet minister accused of historical rape in letter sent to Australian prime minister

The letter, forwarded to police, includes a statement from the alleged victim who claims she was raped in 1988 when aged 16Three police agencies have been notified of a letter sent to the prime minister, Scott Morrison, making an allegation of rape against a federal cabinet minister relating to his time before entering parliament.The ABC’s Four Corners first reported the letter on Friday night. It included an attachment reportedly from a now-deceased woman alleging she was raped in 1988. The let...
Tags: Abc, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment, Morrison


Cabinet minister accused of historical rape in letter sent to Australian prime minister and police

The letter includes a statement that appears to be from the alleged victim who claims she was raped in 1988 when aged 16Three police agencies have been notified of a letter sent to the prime minister, Scott Morrison, making an allegation of rape against a federal cabinet minister relating to his time before entering parliament.The ABC’s Four Corners first reported the letter on Friday night. It includes an attachment reportedly from a now deceased woman alleging she was raped in 1988. The letter...
Tags: Abc, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment, Morrison


Australia politics live: Scott Morrison and AFP reportedly told of historic rape allegation against a cabinet minister

Victoria reports two new local Covid cases; remains of missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick found; 85% of Australians likely to get vaccinated. Follow liveMelissa Caddick: remains of missing businesswoman found months after disappearanceHarvey Norman to keep $22m in jobkeeper despite profits doubling to $462m in pandemicAustralia considers relaxing temperature controls on Pfizer vaccineFollow our global coronavirus live blog 7.55am GMT Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has also released he...
Tags: Health, Business, Labor, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Pfizer, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Norman, South Australia, Peter Dutton


Australia politics live: more than 100 Pfizer vaccine doses thrown out after incorrect storage; Victoria Covid restrictions to ease

Victoria reports two new local Covid cases; missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick found dead; 85% of Australians likely to get vaccinated. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s vaccine rollout: early errors, cancellations and missed deadlinesCovid vaccine tracker: when will you get the jab?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 6.18am GMT Airflow assessments of hotel quarantine rooms are under way in Western Australia as a result of a review into how a guard contracted Covid-19 from an infected...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian economy


Australia politics live: Victoria premier Daniel Andrews announces Covid restrictions to ease

Victoria reports two new local Covid cases; missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick found dead; 85% of Australians likely to get vaccinated. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s vaccine rollout: early errors, cancellations and missed deadlinesCovid vaccine tracker: when will you get the jab?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 1.32am GMT Earlier, Scott Morrison was asked about Facebook restoring Australian news to its feeds.He replied:Australia under my government will always stand up … we hav...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Perth, Peter Dutton, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia


Australia politics live: Victoria reports two new local Covid cases

Missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick found dead on NSW south coast; 85% of Australians likely to get vaccinated; and NSW eases rules on dancing and singing in public. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s vaccine rollout: early errors, cancellations and missed deadlinesCovid vaccine tracker: when will you get the jab?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 10.29pm GMT There’s been another stuff up with the vaccine rollout. A batch of injections have spoiled at an aged care centre in Werribee. @...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian economy, NSW


Australia politics live: 85% of Australians likely to get vaccinated; house parties are back in NSW

Rules about dancing and singing in public have eased in NSW today as Victorians expect an announcement about lifting of restrictions. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s vaccine rollout: early errors, cancellations and missed deadlinesCovid vaccine tracker: when will you get the jab?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 9.35pm GMT Police have found the remains of missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick on the NSW south coast months after she disappeared following raids on her home last year.NS...
Tags: Health, Business, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian economy


PM dodges question over Peter Dutton describing Brittany Higgins rape allegation as 'she said, he said'

Scott Morrison says alleged sexual assaults are ‘serious and traumatic events for anyone to deal with’Scott Morrison has stepped around a question about whether he agrees with Peter Dutton’s characterisation of Brittany Higgins’ rape allegation as “she said, he said” as the home affairs minister defended his decision not to alert the prime minister to the potential reopening of the police investigation.Dutton’s office earlier this week declined to answer questions from Guardian Australia and oth...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Sexual Harassment, Morrison, Afp, Guardian Australia, Dutton, Brittany Higgins


Australia politics live: Facebook to restore Australian news from Friday, says Frydenberg

AFP warns Scott Morrison about delays in reporting alleged criminal conduct. Follow live updatesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 7.16am GMT The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has indicated Facebook will restore Australian news to Australian users’ feeds on Friday.Frydenberg told 2GB Radio:I understand you will see some changes from tomorrow, that’s w...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian media, Victoria, Liberal party, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Australian economy



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