PM briefing: Christian Porter denies rape claims, shooting at home of Hells Angels bikie, Grace Tame slams PM
Attorney General Christian Porter has tearfully outed himself as the Minister at the centre of historical rape allegations in a tearful press conference this afternoon.
The West Australian MP categorically denies the allegations, saying “it did not happen”.
Meanwhile, Australian of the Year Grace Tame has slammed Scott Morrison for his handling of rape allegations made by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.
Here are five must-read stories from The West Australian this evening.
IT DID NOT HAPPEN’: CHRISTIAN PORTER DENIES RAPE ALLEGATIONS
Attorney-General Christian Porter has outed himself as the cabinet Minister accused of an historical rape.
The West Australian MP refused to step down in an emotionally-charged press conference this afternoon.
Mr Porter fought back tears as he denied the accusations and announced he was taking a short period of leave to focus on his mental health.
He said all he knew about the allegations was through what he had read in media reports and had never formally received information on the detail behind the 1988 accusations.
HELLS ANGELS BIKIE’S HOME IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has revealed police are closing in on details behind how a bikie’s house became the target of a shock drive by shooting last night.
Hells Angel Dayne Brajkovich’s Ascot home was targeted, the tattooed bikie who made headlines after bashing Nick Martin at a Scarborough bar in November.
A stolen black Porsche believed to be involved in the shooting was captured on CCTV driving into bushland off Abernethy Road, where it was found torched.
POLICE PROSECUTORS BUNGLE CASE AGAINST MONGOLS BOSS
A bikie boss has had his charges sensationally dropped after police failed to hand over all their evidence to defence lawyers.
Marius Stelian Sabau – the head of the WA arm of the Mongols gang – was arrested after around 3kg of cocaine and one kilogram of methylamphetamine was found in a Balga house last year.
But in an embarrassing development for WA Police, it emerged today officers had failed to comply with a court order to complete full disclosure of their evidence, made by chief magistrate Stephen Heath last month.
And on urgings from defence lawyers, Magistrate Heath agreed that his orders had not been complied with – and duly dropped all the serious drugs charges against all three.
AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR GRACE TAME SLAMS PM
Australian of the Year Grace Tame has criticised Scott Morrison’s response to the alleged rape of Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins, but says it is not surprising that Parliament appears to have a “cover-up culture”.
Appearing at the National Press Club today, Ms Tame, who is a survivor of child sexual abuse, was asked what she thought of comments made by the Prime Minister that a conversation with his wife Jenny helped him “clarify things” after Ms Higgins came forward with rape allegations.
Mr Morrison said his wife told him: “You have to think about this as a father first. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?”
“It shouldn’t take having children to have a conscience,” she said. To read the full story, click here.
MEGHAN MARKLE ‘ACCUSED OF BULLYING BY EX-STAFFER’
Palace sources have reportedly fired shots at Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ahead of her and Prince Harry’s bombshell TV interview with Oprah, claiming she had bullied two of her former staff.
UK newspaper The Times reports one of the Duchess’ former staffers has lodged a bullying complaint against her, stemming back to her stint as a full-time royal.
The claims were apparently submitted by the couple’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf in October 2018, just months after Meghan officially became a working royal following their May wedding.
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