/ 01 June 2021

Porter drops ABC defamation case

The defamation case brought by Morrison Government frontbencher Christian Porter against the ABC and journalist Louise Milligan will not go ahead. Porter took legal steps after an online article about a historical rape allegation against a Cabinet minister was published in late February. Porter was not named, but he claimed he was identifiable. So does that mean there’s a winner? According to Porter, the outcome is “a humiliating backdown by the ABC”. As for the national broadcaster, it regrets “some readers misinterpreted the article as an accusation of guilt”. Still, it “stands by the importance of the article, which reported on matters of significant public interest, and the article remains online”. What has been confirmed is there are no damages to be paid, but the ABC will cover Porter’s mediation costs. Milligan thanked her supporters, and Porter vowed to stand at the next election. What it means for those looking for answers on the rape allegation remains to be seen…

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