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Australian PM urged to decide fate of minister accused of rape

Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12:11

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Australian PM urged to decide fate of minister accused of rape

By Xinhua


Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12:11
By Xinhua

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference to discuss sexual assault allegations against a male staffer at Parliament House in Canberra, on Feb 16, 2021. Morrison apologized to a former government staffer who alleged she was raped by a colleague in a minister’s office two years ago. (MICK TSIKAS / AAP IMAGE VIA AP)

CANBERRA – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been urged to consider whether to fire a minister accused of rape.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) were notified on Friday of allegations of rape against a senior member of Morrison’s government dating back to 1988.

Anthony Albanese, the leader of the Opposition Labor Party, on Sunday revealed he has known about the allegations for a considerable amount of time

Anthony Albanese, the leader of the Opposition Labor Party, on Sunday revealed he has known about the allegations for a considerable amount of time.

He said that Morrison must weigh up whether it is appropriate for the alleged offender to continue his role as a government minister.

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“This is a real test, and the Prime Minister must confirm to himself that it remains the case that the Minister, who is the subject of these allegations, that it’s appropriate for him to stay in his current position,” Albanese told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television.  

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