Allegations against a federal cabinet minister were passed on to the police after two senators received an anonymous letter on Friday alleging a decade-old rape

Senator for Labor Penny Wong and Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young sent the claims to police shortly after receiving the letter, which was attached to a statement from a woman who said she had been raped

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw this week urged these MPs to immediately report all criminal allegations to the policeCredit: Alex Ellinghausen

The allegations came a day after Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw urged all federal politicians to tell the police “immediately” if they learn of allegations of sexual assault and other criminal matters

The government is also preparing to conduct an independent investigation into parliament’s culture after former Liberal adviser Brittany Higgins went public last week on allegations that she was raped by a ministerial colleague in March 2019. p>

NSW police confirmed the historic rape allegations Friday night, saying the correspondence referred to a report the abuse and sex crimes team received in February last year

The woman who made the allegations spoke to NSW police last year but did not make a formal statement and later took her own life, which meant investigators had to stop the investigation

â ???? After the strike force investigators were told that the body of a 49-year-old woman was found on Wednesday April 24th Found in a house [in] Adelaide by police in South Australia on June 6, 2020, the investigation was suspended, a ???? NSW police said

“NSW Police understand that reporting sexual assault can be distressing and traumatic for victims” and it is always an individual’s choice whether or not to conduct an investigationâ ????

The South Australian Police are still preparing a report for the coroner on the death of the woman

Senator Wong confirmed late Friday that she had received the anonymous letter and sent it to the police

“The contents of the letter and an attachment, which appears to be a statement made by the complainant, relate to an allegation of rape,” she said in a statement

â ???? I understand that the complainant reported this allegation to the NSW Police Force and the South Australia Police

???? I forwarded the letter to the NSW Police Force, South Australia Police and the Australian Federal Police to assist with any investigations

â ???? I also wrote to Prime Minister and Senator Hanson-Young to outline the steps I took after receiving this anonymous letter

Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the anonymous letter contained a “disturbing” and “very serious” claimCredit: Dominic Lorrimer

“This morning I received information about a troubling and very serious criminal charge against a senior government official”She said

I am aware that other MPs have received the same information that I have, including the Prime Minister

???? Following the advice the AFP commissioner gave to the prime minister this week, today I spoke with the police commissioner who is now taking steps regarding this informationâ ????

ABC journalist Louise Milligan reported on the letter shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, saying that the author of the letter had not identified himself but was friends of the applicant who had gone to the police about the alleged rape

Ms. Milligan said the letter asked the Prime Minister to open an independent investigation in line with the High Court-commissioned investigation into Dyson Heydon

â ???? Unfortunately, in this case, the applicant took her own life in June last year. This matter cannot be investigated by the police at the moment Ms. Milligan said on ABC News

While the two senators said the anonymous letter was also addressed to Mr Morrison, the Prime Minister’s media advisors did not confirm whether the office had received the letter or the attachment

A spokesman for Mr Morrison in his letter to all MPs quoted the AFP commissioner’s advice and said they should immediately report any sexual assault claims

“As directed by the AFP commissioner,” complaints or allegations of this nature are directed to anyone whether they are parliamentarians or journalists? should be referred to the AFP, ???? said the speaker

???? As the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on 25 In a council to all parliamentarians in February 2021, reporting to the police is the way to ensure that suspected crimes are properly investigatedâ ????

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