KEY QUOTES FROM CHRISTIAN PORTER MEDIA CONFERENCE
ON THE ALLEGATIONS:
"While I have followed the rules and stayed silent I have been subject to the most wild, intense and unrestrained series of accusations I can remember in modern Australian politics."
"I have never been contacted in any substantive form by anyone putting to me the details of what appears is now being alleged against me."
"I did not sleep with the victim. We didn't have anything of that nature happen between us. I can say to you all, it didn't happen."
ON HIS RECORD:
"Before politics, I was a crown prosecutor. I worked in and believed in our justice system and I still do. As a prosecutor for years, I helped victims. I prosecuted in trial and at sentence the most serious sexual assaults against women and children."
ON THE PRECEDENT IF HE WAS TO RESIGN:
"If I stand down from my position as Attorney-General because of an allegation about something that simply did not happen, then any person in Australia can lose their career, their job, their life's work based on nothing more than an accusation that appears in print."
"My guess is if I were to resign and that set a new standard there wouldn't be much need for an Attorney-General anyway because there would no rule of law left to protect in this country."
ON THE WOMAN WHO MADE THE ALLEGATIONS:
"I remember the person as an intelligent, bright, happy person ... but I haven't had any contact with this person at all since 1988."
ON HIS FUTURE:
"I will take a couple of short weeks leave just for my own sanity. I think I will be able to return from that and do my job."
Australian Associated Press