A former Parliament House worker has accused a senior Cabinet minister, Theo Theophanous, of assaulting her a decade ago.
A senior political strategist told VEXNEWS “If the Minister worked in practically any other job, this ancient Greek tale would be laughed out of the court of public opinion. It’s only because the claim itself is so serious that it’s a big problem.”
Legal insiders say the delay itself strains credulity and will make any case against the senior Minister very difficult to successfully prosecute. “How on Earth does a victim of an assault take a decade to call the authorities to complain?” one asked this morning. “No one in politics is really safe from this crap. They should all get paid danger money.”
The Victoria Police appear to be leaking details of their investigation already according to Fairfax reports, saying that they’ve interviewed people, seized telephone records and are preparing a brief of evidence. So it seems the matter will be resolved quickly.
Treasury Place insiders say if the Minister is charged he will have no choice but to resign regardless of the veracity or credibility of the decade-old allegations. But if not, there would be no obstacle to his return, going through the same process as NSW Minister John Della Bosca when he was falsely accused and investigated.
Members of his faction, the moderate and pragmatic Labor Unity group within the ALP, have universally wished him well with one saying “Theo is a formidable figure in Labor politics, with many enemies who’ve been spreading muck around about him for a very long time. There’s certainly been a co-ordinated rumour-mill attack against him in recent times. God willing, justice will prevail.”