This post deals with sexual assault and might be triggering for some readers.
On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared the issue of historic rape allegations against Attorney-General Christian Porter to be concluded.
With NSW Police unable to investigate due to lack of admissible evidence, Mr Morrison posed that "we should be able to move on".
"There is no alternative process," he said. "There is no alternative rule of law that should apply to one Australian and not to another."
A quick recap...
The Prime Minister's comments came amid growing calls for an independent inquiry into the allegations that Mr Porter raped a 16-year-old girl in 1988 when he was 17 years old.
The claims were detailed in a letter sent to the offices of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Labor Senator Penny Wong and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young last week by friends of the woman, who is no longer alive.
She took her own life after putting the allegations to the police in February 2020.
Initial media reports about the letter referred only to a "senior cabinet minister" as the subject of the claims. But on Wednesday, Mr Porter fronted the media to identify himself as the accused and strenuously deny having assaulted the woman.
Australian Attorney General Christian Porter denies rape allegation.— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 4, 2021
Speaking at a press conference in Perth, Porter identified himself as the unnamed cabinet minister accused of raping a 16-year-old girl, but denies the allegation pic.twitter.com/1EMr27zu8j