Australia's governor-general says he will consider his future after the family of his accuser withdraws the court action Australia's governor-general was last night considering his future after welcoming the dismissal of a case relating to a rape that allegedly happened more than 40 years. Peter Hollingworth, Queen Elizabeth's representative in Australia, had been widely expected to either resign outright or affirm his determination to remain in the vice-regal post following the decision to drop the case before the Victorian Supreme Court. Instead, he issued a video statement in which he welcomed the dropping of the 'baseless' allegations but announced only that he would 'give proper consideration to my longer-term tenure as governor-general'. Dr Hollingworth stood aside from his post nearly two weeks ago to deal with the civil rape case. The allegations were brought by a former nurse, Rosemarie Anne Jarmyn, who claimed he had raped her at a church camp in the 1960s. Her family instructed the court not to proceed with the case, citing the pressure generated by media coverage. Jarmyn, 57, committed suicide last month but her family had taken up the claim on her behalf. In a carefully worded video statement, Dr Hollingworth said: 'Now that the court has dismissed the claims, I can do no more than swear my innocence under God, just as I would have done before the court under oath had the case proceeded.' While expressing sympathy for Jarmyn's family, he said: 'The allegations she made against me were completely untrue.' However, Dr Hollingworth is still under intense pressure to resign over an internal church inquiry which found that while serving as the Anglican archbishop of Brisbane in the 1990s, he allowed a known paedophile, now in jail, to continue working as a priest. Opposition MPs, paedophile victim support groups and some leading members of the Anglican church have called for him to resign over the report. The republican movement has been curiously quiet on the case, declining to use the controversy to bolster its argument for severing Australia's constitutional links with the British monarchy. The movement suffered a blow in 1999, when Australians voted against scrapping the royalist ties in a national referendum. Kerry Jones, from the group Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, said the governor-general should now be left in peace and allowed to consider his future. 'I would hope very much that the fact that he now has some time and space and tranquility will give him the strength of character that he has as a great Australian to make the right decisions,' she said. In dismissing the civil case, the Supreme Court's Justice Bernard Bongiorno said every person had the right to bring civil proceedings against another, but that Jarmyn's death meant her allegation could never be proven. Dr Hollingworth has so far retained the support of Prime Minister John Howard, who appointed him. But the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Simon Crean, said it was now time for Mr Howard to take a stand and recommend to the queen that the governor-general be sacked. 'The prime minister has no option but to dismiss the governor-general,' he said. Dr Hollingworth is the first governor-general in the history of the 102-year office to step down, with the governor of Tasmania, Sir Guy Green, appointed temporarily in his place. The last time the largely ceremonial role came under such scrutiny was in 1975, when then governor-general Sir John Kerr dismissed the Labour government of prime minister Gough Whitlam because of a deadlock over legislation. 'The dismissal,' as it was called, outraged ordinary Australians, who saw it as an outdated vestige of British colonial authority.