Peter Dutton refuses to say if he was notified of Brittany Higgins rape allegation

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The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has refused to say whether federal police followed “standard practice” for politically sensitive matters and notified his office of the Brittany Higgins rape allegation “at the earliest opportunity”.

The government has continued to deflect questions from Labor about which ministers had knowledge of the allegations in late March and early April 2019 when Higgins and her then-boss, Linda Reynolds, first spoke to the AFP.

Internal federal police guidelines suggest that at the time Higgins and Reynolds spoke to police, officers were compelled to alert the home affairs minister “at the earliest opportunity” to any “politically sensitive” matter – unless there was a clear conflict of interest in doing so.

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