Christian Porter has identified himself as a cabinet minister exposed to historical rape allegations

“I can categorically say that what was formulated in various forms in allegations just didn’t happen,” said an emotional Mr Porter

An anonymous letter to the Prime Minister had accused Mr Porter of raping a woman in Sydney in 1988, long before he entered politics

On Tuesday, New South Wales Police said there was “insufficient admissible evidence” to investigate and the case is now closed

“Prior to last Friday’s story on ABC, no one in law enforcement, law, politics, or the media had ever brought me a substance with any specific allegation,” Porter said

The attorney general said he would take “a short vacation time” to assess and improve his mental health

But he said he would not resign, fearing this would set a precedent for other people who have faced similar allegations

“When this happens, anyone in public life can be removed simply by printing an accusation Any child we raise can ruin their life through online reporting alone, “Porter said

“I suspect if I resigned and set a new standard, no attorney general would be required as this country would no longer have the rule of law to protect

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his office contacted the Australian Federal Police (AFP) after receiving the anonymous letter last Wednesday

Mr Porter said he spoke to Mr Morrison that day and maintained the Prime Minister’s “full support”

Earlier this week, AFP said it could not investigate the allegation as it was a state matter for New South Wales

The South Australian Police have issued a report on the woman’s death and the state medical examiner will decide whether to open an investigation

Mr Porter said he remembered the woman as a “smart, happy person” and they met when she was 16 and he was 17 at a discussion event in Sydney in 1988

“In the loss of this person, your daughter, you have suffered a terrible loss and you do not deserve the maddening politicization of the circumstances surrounding your daughter’s death over the past week,” he said

“I have thought long and hard about the impact that what I have to say today will have on you

“I hope that whatever happens from this point on you will understand that if you say today that the things that are said to have happened did not happen, you did me do not intend to impose any more on your grief

“But I hope you also understand that I have to say this publicly because what is claimed did not happen”

Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds was on leave last week with pre-existing heart disease after being pressured for a week to deal with a separate and unrelated rape allegation in the House of Parliament

He came to Canberra with high personal political ambitions and was viewed by some as a potential future Prime Minister

He was the Minister of Social Services before then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promoted him to Attorney General in 2017

Prime Minister Scott Morrison added the responsibility of Mr Porter, making him Chairman of the House and Minister for Industrial Relations

in 2019

As Minister of Labor Relations, he led negotiations when union and business leaders came together to respond to COVID-19

His drive to revise the country’s labor relations laws, including agreements regulating workers’ wages and conditions, is expected to go to the Senate later this month

He studied law at the University of Perth and graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in political theory

We recognize the Aboriginal people and the Torres Strait Islander as the first Australians and traditional administrators of the countries where we live, learn and work

This service may contain material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service that is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced

AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time, 10 hours before GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Cabinet Minister

World news – AU – ‘Didn’t happen’: Emotional Porter denies rape allegation