Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he would support a coronial inquiry into the death of a woman who accused Attorney-General Christian Porter of a historical rape.
Mr Reynolds has strenuously denied the allegation.
Mr Morrison stopped short of calling for such an inquiry, saying it was “entirely a matter for the South Australian Coroner”.
Despite this, he said if the coroner chose to go ahead with an inquiry he would support it.
“The rule of law is the essential process by which all Australians are subject to,” Mr Morrison said.
“And there is an equality before the law as well. Yesterday, I spoke about the presumption of innocence, the rules of evidence, the process of courts. The equality of the law is also important. You and I face the same law.
“We’re subject to the same processes under that law. There’s not one set of processes for one Australian and another set of processes for another.”
Parents call for investigation
Yesterday, the woman’s parents said they would support an inquiry into their daughter’s death.
Releasing a statement via their lawyer, the parents of the deceased woman said any line of investigation that would shed light on the death of their daughter is welcomed.
“The family of the deceased continue to experience considerable grief arising from their loss,” the statement read.
“They are supportive of any inquiry which would potentially shed light on the circumstance surrounding the deceased’s passing.
“They ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”
Mr Porter identified himself as the unnamed Cabinet minister at the centre of the allegations during a speech in which he said the events “never happened”.
Mr Morrison yesterday rejected calls for an independent inquiry into the matter after NSW Police declared their investigation closed, likening it to a “mob process”.
Mr Porter is currently taking a short period of leave.
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