Friday, May 17, 2019


One of our Australian readers has sent me a file detailing an allegation of rape against Bill Shorten, Prime Minister in waiting.     It contains a statement by Peter Harris QC, former head of the National Crime Authority, who is acting for Kathy Sherriff, the complainant.

Sherriff alleges that Shorten raped her in 1986 when she was 16.   She had joined the ALP and that year she went to a Young Labor camp at Geelong where, at 4.00 am, Shorten came into her room and raped her.    At a later point the matter was reported to the Victorian Police.   In August 2014 and after an extensive investigation the Police declined to bring charges because the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions had advised there was no reasonable change of conviction.   That the Police had been unable to locate the witnesses that Sherriff claimed would support her allegation and that it boiled down to her word against his.   The Police advised that should new evidence be presented they would be prepared to reopen the case.      Since then she has been working night and day to obtain that evidence.

Sherriff claims that her whole life has been impacted by the events of that weekend and that until the matter has been dealt with by the courts she cannot move past it. 

From Peter Harris .... "In my view the Police should reopen the investigation into this matter and the Office of Public Prosecutions should prosecute Shorten.   This is a serious complaint of rape and Kathy is entitled to her day in court as is Shorten.   The case is similar in circumstances to the Pell case where the victim was the only eye-witness.   As you know a conviction was obtained on that evidence.     Kathy is entitled to be heard in a criminal trail and to have a jury decide guilt or innocence."

I think we are entitled to question the timing of of this story.    That said, the allegations are serious and Peter Harris makes a valid point.   Below is a photograph taken around the time of Shorten's alleged offending.   He is the young man with the raised fist in the centre of the photograph.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...


There is absolutely no reason to question the timing of this story. It has been around for a number of years and was publicised by, among others, the late Larry Pickering.

What is notable, however, is that despite the facts of the matter, the mainstream media in Australia declined to give the story more than a fleeting reference, such as 'prominent politician accused of rape.' They were not so coy about Cardinal Pell.

When the young lady finds her corroborating evidence, it is possible Australia will see it's first ever Prime Minister convicted and jailed for rape.

The Veteran said...

Adolf ... the time-line I based my comment on was the joint statement by Sherriff and the QC acting for her dated Tuesday 14 May 2019 ... four days out from polling.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I think this allegation plays a significant part in the low 'likeabilty' ratings enjoyed by Shorten.

David said...

Desperate, desperate, desperate.

What is notable, however, is that despite the facts of the matter, the mainstream media in Australia declined to give the story more than a fleeting reference, such as 'prominent politician accused of rape.' They were not so coy about Cardinal Pell.

Typical Adolfian bullshit. Maybe it wasn't covered in The Oz, but it certainly was on the ABC, both radio and TV news.

And The Sydney Morning Herald

Adolf and facts - strangers to each other.

Psycho Milt said...

Not to worry, I'm sure conservatives all over Australia will denounce this as a set-up by Shorten's political opponents, start digging through the woman's background for anything that might cast doubt on her story, and post a lot of tearful handwringing about how these kinds of false allegations must make people fear for their sons. That seems to be how it plays out elsewhere.

The Veteran said...

David/PM ... what's desperate about the actions of a true red ALP activist. I do find it somewhat amusing that every allegation of rape against a person associated with the conservative right is immediately pounced on by the 'left' as proven until dis-proven (and sometimes not even then) eg Judge Kavanaugh and with the boot on the other foot you (and yours) are quick to label such allegations as false.

On what basis do you say that ... the fact you accept his denial as a given or is it that a 16 YO is fair game in Labor/Labour Party Youth Camps?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Vet @ 2:03 pm

Sorry. I missed that.

Psycho Milt said... (and yours) are quick to label such allegations as false.

We are? We did? Can you quote the relevant parts of my comment that would enable a reasonable person to draw that conclusion?

The Veteran said...

Milt ... in your 3.38 post you attempted to downplay the allegation by running a fantasy meme but you gave it away when you included the line 'how these kind of false allegations'.......

I didn't see too much of that in play from the left side of the political divide when it came to Judge Kavanaugh.

Psycho Milt said...

I said I expected to see Australian conservatives peddling such bullshit, based on conservatives' responses to previous historical claims of rape or sexual abuse. I'm not a conservative.

Andrei said...

Politics is disgusting

This, even if it happened, happened more than thirty years ago when the people concerned were 19 and 16 years old

As it stands there is no way of determining the truth of the matter and all it does it increase my contempt for our modern day political processes and confirm my suspicions that politics of all stripes attracts very unsavoury and unpleasant people

The Veteran said...

Milt ... this was not a conservative peddling 'bullshit'(see, you gave yourself away again). It was an ALP activist; one of 'his' own.