Peter Dutton says police told him about Brittany Higgins rape allegation days before story broke

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Peter Dutton has confirmed police told him about the alleged rape of former government staffer Brittany Higgins several days before the prime minister, Scott Morrison, says he was made aware of the incident.

The home affairs minister on Tuesday refused to answer questions about when federal police first told him about Higgins’ allegation that she was sexually assaulted by a colleague on a couch in Parliament House in March 2019.

Police guidelines say the home affairs ministers must be informed about politically sensitive matters “at the earliest opportunity”. If those guidelines were followed, Dutton could have been told of the alleged rape two years ago, when Higgins first reported the incident to police stationed at Parliament House in March 2019.

Dutton on Wednesday told…

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