The appalling Senator Sarah Henderson was installed by the government to fill a casual vacancy in the Senate after she lost her seat of Corangamite at the 2019 federal election1. Henderson has forwarded an e-mailed allegation that a sitting Labor member of parliament raped a woman. She said “In immediately referring this matter to the AFP, I have followed the procedures set out by Commissioner Kershaw in his letter of 24 February 2021.”2
The procedures to which she refers were written in an astonishing letter sent to the Prime Minister telling him that all suspected criminal activity should be reported to the Australian Federal Police. I say this is astonishing, not because there was anything intrinsically wonderful about the letter itself, but because the AFP Commissioner deemed it necessary to write it. Kershaw also felt he had to warn the government against “choosing to communicate or disseminate allegations via other means, such as through the media or third parties, [because that] risks prejudicing any subsequent police investigation.”2. This also is astonishing.
At the tail end of her media release, Henderson then said “I make this statement in the interests of full transparency.”3 She certainly is transparent, but not in the sense she means. Publicising this rape allegation is simply her way of distracting the media from the current police investigation into the alleged rape by a current cabinet minister. On the surface of it she should have sent this accusation to the police. However, this alleged rape by a sitting Labor member of parliament has been made public before, has been investigated by the Victoria Police, and has been dismissed. As Paul Bongiorno said in reply to Henderson’s tweet to which she attached her press release: “Of course you do. Just a reminder Victoria Police have investigated this woman’s claims and dismissed them. You know this. But putrid politics is always putrid politics.”3
The transparent Henderson is one of the worst of the Coalition members; a malevolent time-server. Everything is about politicking. There are no thoughts about governing the country for the benefit of the populace or making life better for all Australians, not just the wealthy. It is only about doing anything to try to remain in power, to maintain the status quo, so the money keeps flowing to themselves and their donors. They are all beneath contempt.