Hawke daughter's rape claim

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 10 Dec 2019

The daughter of former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke said he ordered her to keep quiet about being raped by one of his political allies for fear it would damage his career.

Rosslyn Dillon alleged she was raped three times by a now-deceased Labor member of parliament in the 1980s, The New Daily reported.

She claimed in a court affidavit that her father - one of Australia's most popular prime ministers and who died in May - told her not to go to the police to avoid controversy ahead of his challenge for the party leadership in 1982. The allegations were in her A$4 million (HK$21.3 million) claim to Hawke's estate, which she is disputing after receiving A$750,000 in his will.

Hawke was unsuccessful in his 1982 attempt to become Labor leader. He took over the following year and was quickly elected prime minister - a position he held until 1991.

According to The New Daily, there are inconsistencies in Dillon's claims, but her sister, Sue Pieters-Hawke, said the family was aware of the allegations at the time and Hawke had found them distressing.

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