Under-fire Kiama MP Gareth Ward is adamant he has not been told the nature of sexual violence allegations against him, telling the Mercury police have not spoken to him about it yet.
Almost five weeks ago news emerged that the then disability services minister was being investigated over allegations dating back as far as 2013.
Mr Ward stepped down from the ministry and later took time off from his job as local member - but says he is now back at work and none the wise about the details of the claims against him.
"I have not been made aware of any allegation by police at this stage," he told the Mercury.
"The police have an obligation to do their job and I will continue working hard for my community because that's what people sent me to parliament to do.
"I have not been told by the police about the allegations which are being allegedly investigated."
Asked whether a public figure should have a right to know the allegations against him, Mr Ward said "I don't get treated any differently to anyone else".
"[It's] because they are still undertaking inquiries, I'd assume," he said.
"They'd only be put to me in the evening that the police believe they need to be taken further. I have had no allegations put to me."
The Mercury asked NSW Police detailed questions about whether Mr Ward had been spoken to, whether it was a formal interview, and if he had not been spoken to, why not.
The response to police did not address these, with a spokeswoman saying it would be "inappropriate" to comment on details of the investigation.
"Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad are continuing to conduct inquiries," the police spokeswoman said.
Asked whether he believed the allegations were part of a "hit" from political enemies designed to damage his career, Mr Ward would not say.
"I don't know, because I don't know the nature of the allegations, so I can't make any comment nor should I on an independent police investigation," he said.
He said if he had past activities to hide they would have emerged by now.
"I've been around public life for people to have seen every side of me, and I don't think I need to add any more to that.
"If I was a rotten apple they would have tossed me out some time ago."
Mr Ward said he had been back at work "for some time" after taking some leave in the immediate aftermath of the allegations emerging.
"I am still the Member for Kiama, I am still doing my job," he said.
"I've still been seeing constituents, I've still been holding constituent meetings. In the initial shock, I obviously took some leave, and I've been given some advice in relation to health-related matters. I'm following that health and mental health-related advice."
"But I am working as the Member for Kiama."
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