Cabinet minister allegation live updates: Morrison government minister to make statement over 1988 rape claim

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Australian of the Year says it shouldn’t take children to have a conscience

Earlier today Australian of the Year Grace Tame addressed the National Press Club with a message for Australians to believe survivors of sexual abuse.

Australian of the Year Grace Tame during her address to the National Press Club.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“It is up to us as a community, as a country, to create a space, a national movement where survivors feel supported and free to share their truths,” Ms Tame said.

She was sharply critical of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision last month to invoke his wife and daughters to explain his reaction to the allegations of rape made by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins against another former staffer.

“It shouldn’t take having children to have a conscience,” Ms Tame said. “And, actually, on top of that, having children doesn’t guarantee a conscience.”

“Coverup culture, the abuse of power, is not unique to parliament.”

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National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: 1800 737 732. Crisis support can be found at Lifeline: (13 11 14 and lifeline.org.au), the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467 and suicidecallbackservice.org.au) and beyondblue (1300 22 4636 and beyondblue.org.au).

Minister has discussed making public statement about allegation

The federal cabinet minister accused of a decades-old rape is considering making a public statement today to declare his innocence after NSW police closed their investigation because they did not have enough admissible evidence to proceed.

The minister has spoken to others about going public after widespread conjecture about his identity and the allegations made to police last year about a rape in Sydney in January 1988.

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