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Rape-accused cabinet minister readying public statement on Wednesday – Sydney Morning Herald

The federal cabinet minister accused of a decades-old rape is preparing to make a public statement on Wednesday to declare his innocence.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the minister, saying he denied the rape allegation in a meeting last Wednesday, and is rejecting calls for a further inquiry when police have found the evidence is inadequate.
Mr Morrison and senior colleagues plan to back the cabinet minister in the wake of his public statement, pointing to the fact that Mr Shorten did not step aside during the Victorian investigation and did not face calls for a further inquiry after the police closed the case.
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