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The lawyer of the woman who accused a federal minister of a historical rape in 1988 has claimed the politician should “step down”.

March 3, 2021 7:26AM


Last updated March 3, 2021 7:34AM AEDT

Pressure is mounting on the cabinet minister at the centre of a historic rape allegation. 

The accused minister emphatically denies all allegations, and is expected to address the media today and repeat his staunch denial, although there are increasing calls for him to stand aside.

Follow our live coverage of today’s breaking news below, including details of the allegation.

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The music world is in mourning following the sudden death of Michael Gudinski.

The touring promoter was 68.

Some of the biggest names in music have paid tribute to the legend, including Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue.

Friend and business partner Michael Chugg told ABC News Breakfast this morning that Gudinski was a “magnetic force that just believed in Australian music”.

MICHAEL GUDINSKI – Legend. Legacy. LOVE. A Titan of the music industry. One of a kind and forever family to me. My heart is broken and I can’t believe he’s gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I’ll always love you ‘The Big G’. #MichaelGudinski

— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) March 2, 2021

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The lawyer of the woman who accused a federal minister of rape in 1988 has claimed the politician should “step down”.

The woman, who was aged 16 at the time of the alleged offence, died last year.

In an interview on Sunrise this morning, Michael Bradley said now that the police had closed their investigation, it was “now a matter for the Minister in question and the Prime Minister”.

But he said he believed “it would be appropriate for the Minister to step down and an enquiry to be held”.

The accused minister emphatically denies all allegations, and is expected to address the media today and repeat his staunch denial.

Lawyer Michael Bradley on Sunrise this morning.

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Aussies won’t be able to travel overseas until at least June with the coronavirus-induced travel ban officially extended.

The grim news was confirmed by Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday, with the government citing the “unacceptable public health risk”.

It means most Australians will have been stuck at home for 15 long months, with many fearing the ban could continue long after the current June 17 deadline.

The extension was approved following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC) and the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly.

However, there’s also the possibility the border could be reopened ahead of schedule, depending on the unfolding situation.

Overseas travel is off the cards for months yet. Picture: NCA NewsWire/David Swift

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– By Samantha Maiden

The cabinet minister at the centre of historical rape allegations involving a 16 year old girl in 1988 is preparing to identify himself and deny any wrongdoing.

Government sources have confirmed that now NSW Police has declared “case closed” on the matter he will relinquish his anonymity to categorically deny the allegations.

He will not stand down from his job and plans to continue in his role now that police have confirmed they will not investigate or lay charges.

Scott Morrison has previously revealed the Liberal minister at the centre of the claim, who has not been identified, “vigorously” denies the allegations and categorically refutes that he ever raped the Adelaide woman when she was a 16-year-old teenager.

But former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday that the minister must now “out himself” in respect for his colleagues and the country.

The cabinet minister will not stand down from his job.

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A horrifying crash in California has left at least 15 people dead, with a dozen more in hospital.

The tragic accident occurred around 6am this morning, when a SUV carrying 27 passengers was struck by a semitruck full of gravel in Imperial County, which is near the US border with Mexico.

Fourteen of the SUV’s passengers died at the scene, and one more died after arriving at El Centro Regional Medical Centre.

“We believe there were 27 passengers in this SUV that struck a semi-truck full of gravel,” said Judy Cruz, managing director of the medical centre’s emergency room department.

“Fourteen were dead on the scene; three were flown out from the scene; seven patients were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Centre, where unfortunately one of those has died since arrival; and two patients were transferred to Pioneers Hospital.

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Millions of Australians will now have access to a world-first surface spray that kills COVID-19 within 90 seconds.

The Australian-developed disinfectant, called ViroCLEAR, was developed by BioInnovate and fast-tracked for approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last month.

While other surface disinfectants take as long as ten minutes to kill the coronavirus — with some unable to do it at all — BioInnovate Chair Ross Macdougald said the breakthrough was achieved after exhaustive research in northern NSW.

Production of the spray began in Melbourne this week.

“Think about when you go to the supermarket and someone passes you a trolley that has just been wiped down,” he said.

The new product could be a game-changer. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Gaye Gerard

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A viral picture which seems to show a vessel floating in the air has made global headlines.

The photo was snapped by Colin McCallum in Banff, Scotland last week, and uploaded to Facebook.

He captioned the snap with: “Saw a real life optical illusion in Banff today”.

The picture immediately went viral, with facebook users questioning what they were seeing.

He also shared a video of the bizarre sight, captioned; “Floating boat”.

The snap has captured the world’s attention. Picture: Facebook