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 Labor’s double standards are laughable!

15.09.21.  Poor Labor. Running which every way in the barnyard mud. “Kristina Keneally will save us,” they chorus triumphantly. “Hang on.” shouts opposition legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus! “Look over here, we’ve got Christian Porter in the spotlight over his alleged rape case when he was 17 in 1988 and his defamation shot at our ABC. The bugger has got benefactors paying his legal bills and he won’t tell us who they are—this is a bloody “disgrace”! Of course Mark Duffus didn’t mention that the ABC is sucking the taxpayer for their legal bills.
A blind trust of secret benefactors will help to pay for Industry Minister Christian Porter’s legal fees after his costly defamation battle with the ABC over the airing of rape allegations. Mr Porter declared the blind trust this week in his register of members’ interests but will not reveal who the benefactors are as he does not know their identities under the arrangement.

Source: Richard Ferguson, NCA

A blind trust is helping Christian Porter with his legal fees after ABC court fight

The revelations come nearly three months after Mr Porter settled with the ABC over an online article that said a cabinet minister was facing allegations he had raped a 16-year-old girl when he was 17 in 1988.
Mr Porter strenuously denies the allegations and his legal team – consisting of Catholic cardinal George Pell’s barrister Bret Walker and defamation lawyer Rebekah Giles – is reported to have cost the Liberal frontbencher up to $1m.
In his register of members’ interests, Mr Porter details how he has paid for the legal costs – without taxpayer help – and the workings of the blind trust “although these matters have been conducted in a personal capacity and all legal services were engaged in a purely personal capacity, out of an abundance of caution and consistent with approaches adopted by other parliamentarians in relation to the provision of reduced fee or pro bono legal services,” Mr Porter’s declaration states.
“Part contribution to the payment of my fees by a blind trust known as the Legal Services Trust. As a potential beneficiary, I have no access to information about the conduct and funding of the trust.”
Mr Porter sued the ABC in May, losing his ­attorney-general role over fears court proceedings would create an impression of a conflict of interest for the ­nation’s first law officer.
The ABC did not apologise for the article, which remains online, but agreed to add a note that said the broadcaster did not intend to suggest Mr Porter was guilty of the allegations.
Opposition legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus on Tuesday said Mr Porter’s blind defence trust was a “disgrace” and demanded he reveal who supported his legal case. “The Australian people need to know who set this trust up, who funded it, how much they donated, and whether they expected to get anything in return for these ­donations,” he said.
“If Mr Porter genuinely doesn’t know who his donors are, he shouldn’t accept their money. Did the money come from criminals? A foreign power? Apparently Mr Porter doesn’t care.”
A spokesman for Mr Porter said in response to Mr Dreyfus that the minister’s declaration was consistent with how MPs have previously disclosed private legal matters in the register.

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  • Penguinite 15/09/2021, 7:09 am

    Funny thing is all the politicians use Blind Trusts in which to lodge all their assets for the duration of their Term(s) in Parliament. Turnball did and then put his son in as a director.

  • PW 15/09/2021, 7:11 am

    I see Leigh Sales is tired of LEFT WING TROLLS attacking the ABC ladies (?).
    Well right wing people don’t watch the bitches so she got that right!
    The left eating their own again.

    • Sir Peter 15/09/2021, 10:48 am

      Never been a great fan of spectator sport, but this is very entertaining.

  • DT 15/09/2021, 12:37 pm

    Behind most of the headlines and broadcasting attacks against the Coalition is Labor’s Mark Dreyfus.

    They rely on people reading or hearing the headlines and remembering them, the denials and often supported by facts are ignored by the parrots that spread the spin.

    • Disgruntled 15/09/2021, 5:18 pm

      You are right DT; throw the mud and do not care if it all does not stick; then retract and you can be sure to be sure that a hellava lot of it will have stuck, no matter what; Many people that read the mud will not read the retraction and those that do will be confused enough that they won’t really understand or even give a damn. That is the left way of doing it!

      AND it bloodywell does work too!

  • Baysidegal 15/09/2021, 4:15 pm

    ‘Labor’s double standards are laughable!’ You mean they have standards???

  • Lorraine 15/09/2021, 7:27 pm

    Malcolm Turdball is not even hiding in his hate, to wipe out Christian Porter. He has his ABC on side.

    • Disgruntled 16/09/2021, 6:37 am

      You got that right Lorraine. The ABC is so vile as they are always giving the idiot extreme air time. Without them he may slowly wither away; well maybe; we would wish for that!

      Wonder what his outburst will be re, Aussie nuclear, French sub scrapping and what is now happening with the “security etc.” serious discussions just now going on to try to counter China’s extreme outbursts of anger towards us and the west.
      AFAIAC Turd and his suppoirting mates can spend all their time now on trying to “make babies with themselves”.

      I would suggest that the best place for most of the ABC and the Turd and Pyne and his other “best friends” is in the large bovine excreta heaps at feedlots to be turned and turned till it all becomes “organic?? fertiliser”. (with the Turd in the mix no way could it be Organic!)

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