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New South Wales police have now taken a formal statement from a longtime friend of the woman who alleged she was raped by Christian Porter, but insist the investigation remains closed.

In answers to NSW estimates, police have said that Macquarie Bank managing director, James Hooke, a friend of both Porter and his accuser for 30 years, was known to them as far back as July but until recently did not wish to make a statement because “he understood why the investigation had been closed”.

Related: NSW police have formal statement from friend of woman who alleged Christian Porter raped her

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I’m told Australia’s Ambassador @AusAmbDili sent his driver to some Dili evacuation hubs to distribute packet noodles and rice, which is a thoughtful gesture. But it does beg question: when will the TL Govt request substantive support from Aus, and what will the response be?

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