/ 16 September 2021

PM probes Porter’s mystery donor

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Quick recap: the ABC published an article detailing rape allegations against an unnamed federal cabinet minister in late February. Then Attorney-General Christian Porter identified himself as the man in question, legal wrangling ensued, and by the end of May, a settlement was reached with the ABC paying some of Porter’s legal fees. Fast forward to this week, and Porter updated the MPs register of interests to say that the remaining $1 million bill was covered by a blind trust. He has “no access to information about the conduct and funding of the trust.” That’s like saying “my legal fees were paid by a guy in a mask who dropped off a chaff bag full of cash,” said former PM Malcolm Turnbull aka no fan of his former colleague… Late yesterday, the building pressure led PM Morrison to launch an investigation into Porter’s adherence to the ministerial standards. Labor leader Anthony Albanese says it may fall within the rules, but it “does not pass the pub test.” 

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