Media reporter Peter Ford on the Shorten rape allegation
2GB's Ben Fordham interviews Peter Faris QC about the Shorten rape allegations

Complainant hands new evidence in the Shorten rape allegation to Victoria Police

Last night Kathy Sherriff and Peter Faris QC visited Victoria Police to hand over new material for the Shorten rape investigation.

"The police told me (in August 2014) that if new witnesses were located or other evidence was found, then they would look at reopening my case," Kathy said in a statement last night.

Today Kathy said, "Last night (Peter Faris QC) and I provided (to police) a list of witnesses who could provide further evidence. This list was accepted and attached to an email to an officer who investigated my case in 2014. My mobile contact was provided for this officer to call me".

"I seek an urgent response from police".

Victoria Police said at the conclusion of the 2014 investigation, "Investigating police sought advice from the Office of Public Prosecutions, which advised there was no reasonable prospect of conviction".

We don't know the weight of Kathy's new evidence, but we are all entitled to know that it will be assessed by police and the OPP.  Rape is one of the most serious offences on our criminal statutes.  

We will keep you posted.

Here's the ABC's report at the time of the 2014 decision not to take Kathy's allegations to court:


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Here' Bill Shorten's 21 August 2014 media release:







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Late last year I learned that a claim had been made about me, going back to when I was nineteen.

It was made on social media, when I was elected Opposition Leader.

I will not go into details, except to say that the allegation was untrue and abhorrent.

The allegation was made by someone I knew briefly at that time.

There is absolutely no basis for the claim.

The claim has now been thoroughly and rigorously investigated by police, as is entirely proper.

I fully cooperated to clear my name. And that is what I have done.

I freely answered all questions the police asked of me.

Now the police investigation has concluded, I can make this statement.

This has been deeply distressing for my family.

I am thankful for the love and support of Chloe, and the support of my staff and parliamentary colleagues.

Others who were aware of the investigation have acted with the utmost integrity by leaving the police to do their job.

The police have now concluded the investigation.

The decision speaks for itself.

It is over. 

I have no intention of making any further comment.


And here's a recording of Mr Shorten's public comments about the matter.