Court publishes dossier of Christian Porter rape allegations

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday June 25, 2021

Christian Porter
Christian Porter and Sue Chrysanthou are to pay $430,000 in legal fees.  (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

The Federal Court has published the 31-page dossier detailing historical sexual assault allegations against former attorney-general Christian Porter.

The document, which contains the now-deceased woman’s allegation she was raped three times by Porter in 1988, was sent to the prime minister, Labor senator Penny Wong, and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young in February.

It was later revealed that Wong, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Labor MP Daniel Mulino had been told of the allegations in 2019

Until Thursday evening, on the first anniversary of the woman’s death, the documents had not been released publicly.

They provide the woman’s detailed and graphic account of the alleged sexual assault, and include diary entries. She accused Porter of anally raping her three times in her room at the University of Sydney Women’s College.

Porter and the woman — who were both teenagers at the time — had attended the World Universities’ Debating Championships and had been out dancing before the alleged rape. Porter has denied the allegations, stating that he never had sexual relations with that woman.

READ MORE: NSW detectives blocked from meeting Christian Porter’s accuser in SA

The woman took her own life last year — a day after telling police she ‘no longer felt able to proceed’ with her formal statement on the allegations.

Porter launched defamation proceedings against the ABC earlier this year over an article it published about an unnamed cabinet minister accused of an historical alleged sexual assault.

The defamation case was put on hold when Jo Dyer, a friend of Porter’s accuser, argued that barrister Sue Chrysanthou’s representation of Porter was a conflict of interest. Dyer claimed that she had once been a client of Chrysanthou.

The dossier and numerous other documents released by the Federal Court on Thursday are part of Dyer’s case against Chrysanthou.

Last month Chrysanthou was removed from the defamation case, which has since been settled.

While Porter has sought to have parts of the ABC’s defence case permanently removed from the court file, next month lawyers for Nine, News Corp and Porter will return to court in a fight to access the ABC’s defence.

READ MORE: Law community backs calls for inquiry into Porter allegations

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10 months ago

I went to the same school as Porter and Roberts-Smith. The preferred footy codes were Australian rules and rugby union, so we must look elsewhere for their unerring own-goal skills.

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