/ 17 March 2021

Plugging the Porter gaps

Attorney-General Christian Porter, who is expected to be back at work on 31 March after taking mental health leave in the wake of historical rape accusations, will have a couple of his duties taken off his plate when he returns. His defamation proceedings against the ABC and journalist Louise Milligan will see his oversight of Federal Court matters and anything relating to the national broadcaster suspended. PM Scott Morrison said that’s appropriate “to avoid any perception of conflicts of interest that may arise”. Reports say Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General Amanda Stoker is likely to take on some of the responsibility. Also helping out on Porter’s other portfolio of industrial relations is Employment Minister Michaelia Cash… She’s haggling with crossbench Senators over amendments to the government’s legislation that the Coalition hopes to get through the Parliament this week.

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