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The Informer: The storm inside Parliament rumbles on

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) speaks with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins during the International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Thursday. Picture: Getty Images
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) speaks with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins during the International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Thursday. Picture: Getty Images

A week of serious allegations of abuse culminated in another alleged rape being reported to Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office.

This time, it's a senior minister inside his own cabinet accused of the assault, which is alleged to have occurred in 1988 before the man entered politics.

The victim is reported to have gone to police about the alleged rape in 2020, but took her own life after informing them she no longer wanted to proceed with the complaint.

Following Craig Kelly's unexpected split from the Libs earlier in the week, Coalition MP Nicolle Flint said she will not recontest her South Australian seat of Boothby at the next election.

The second-term Liberal MP has described the sexism in Parliament as "rubbish" women were too often forced to deal with.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the public attention from being a parliamentarian does sometimes attract unacceptable behaviour.

"I have admired Nicolle's efforts to stand against the bullying and nastiness of particular groups and individuals," Mr Morrison said.

"I wish her all the best for what comes next."

A years-long investigation into what royal commissioners labelled a "shocking tale of neglect" inside Australia's aged-care sector was finally over on Friday, with the commission's report handed to the Governor-General.

The sector, which is predominantly funded by the Commonwealth, has come under increased scrutiny during the pandemic, with 685 aged care residents dying from COVID-19.

The government will review the report over the weekend and provide an interim response by the middle of next week.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Saturday that Newcastle, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Dubbo will host the major vaccination hubs, which will dispatch doses to smaller vaccine centres across the state.

On Friday evening, police on the South Coast were called out to Mollymook where human remains had been discovered by a member of the public.

The grisly find came just six days after Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick's decaying foot washed up on another beach.

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