Nationals suspend Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen's membership over rape allegation

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
March 25 2021 - 4:15am
Michael Johnsen has taken leave over rape allegations against him.

The Nationals have suspended Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen's party membership over allegations he raped a woman at a secluded lookout in the NSW Blue Mountains.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.