Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken publicly for the first time since Attorney-General Christian Porter addressed the historic rape allegation levelled against him yesterday.
At a press conference this morning, Mr Morrison weighed in on the "harrowing events" that have unfolded in recent days.
“These are harrowing events. And for the family of the woman at the centre of these issues, as the Attorney-General commenced his remarks yesterday, my heart can only break for anyone who has lost a child… ..and the issues surrounding that and the way that this matter is now being addressed in the public domain," he said.
"This must be a harrowing time for her friends and for her family. And I don't want to do anything that would seek to add any further difficulty for them.
"Christian Porter, the Attorney-General, has made it very clear in his statement yesterday that he has rejected absolutely the allegations that have been made. That is the same rejection that he made to me last week. In this country, there is a lot at stake. If you don't go too far from here, you will find countries where the rule of law does not apply. And you will be aware of the terrible things that can happen in a country where the rule of law is not upheld and is not supported, in whatever the circumstances. The rule of law is essential for liberal democracies."
Mr Morrison said "additional support" would be "provided to people who work in the parliament" under new arrangements introduced in the wake of the recent scandals.