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Note: this story contains references to sexual assault.

Today, hours after Australian of the Year Grace Tame spoke with compassion and power about overcoming the trauma of sexual assault, Attorney-General Christian Porter finally shed light on the worst-kept secret in politics — that he was the government minister at the centre of a historic rape allegation that has sent shockwaves through the country. 

Porter denied the allegations, and said he'd only been aware of a "whispering campaign" against him in the last few months.