Systemic issues evidenced further, as an allegation of rape by a cabinet minister resurfaces
Updated: Mar 4
Last night, ABC's Four Corners reported that a letter had been sent to Scott Morrison and other senators, detailing an alleged historical rape by a Cabinet Minister in the federal government.
The rape is alleged to have occurred in 1988, when the victim was merely sixteen years old. The details of the rape are violent, and the anonymous letter urged recipients to take immediate action on the matter.
The letter was sent to Scott Morrison and forwarded to opposition Labor leader in the Senate, Penny Wong, and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
Following ABC's Four Corners reporting of the letter last night, NSW Police stated that the alleged victim contacted them in February of last year. The victim informed detectives from the child abuse and sex crimes squad of the rape. The police responded through the setup of Strikeforce Wyndarra to investigate the matter.
In June of 2020, the woman took her own life.
As the victim had not provided a formal statement to police in February of 2020, and the police had not obtained one in the four months prior to her death, the investigation was suspended.
The survivor prepared a long statement for her solicitor at the end of 2019.
"This is my story, plain and simple. It's not pretty, but it is mine, and I stand by it, every single word. All I really want, in the end, is for this to have been reported to the NSW Police Force and to know that a copy of this document, and a transcript of any interview they might do with me, is in their archives. If this story does become public knowledge, I hope that it will encourage other women to come forward. Not for me, but for themselves... I also hope that other people who have endured similar traumas, should these facts become public knowledge, will feel less alone."
This week, Scott Morrison refused to comment on whether or not he will release a report from his head of department in relation to Brittany Higgins' allegation. The purpose of the report is to verify that staff in his office didn’t know about the sexual assault claim prior to February 12th.
This week, Peter Dutton also managed to describe the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins as a 'he said, she said' matter. Dutton also claims he did not inform the PM of the potential re-opening of the Higgins case.
As The Guardian's political editor, Katharine Murphy, wrote this morning, 'at some point, the strain of remaining aloft starts to show'.
It's incredibly clear to me, and to any voters paying attention, that what we are seeing emerge from Canberra is not a shocking nor rare event. What we are seeing is an inherent cultural bias, and a government that finds its power in a 'don't ask, don't tell' operational style.
As more survivors come forward, the information we receive begins to become overwhelming. It is more important than ever that we pay close attention to the conduct of the current government in response to
EVERY SINGLE CLAIM.
Open the floodgates. Voters need to see it.