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Porter quits over donation


EMBATTLED MP Christian Porter has resigned as industry minister in the Morrison government.

The move comes after the former attorney-general was unable to reveal who made a donation via a trust towards his legal battle against the ABC. Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week asked his department to investigat­e whether Mr Porter had breached ministeria­l standards and on Sunday announced that the Western Australian had stepped down.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor will now become acting industry minister.

Mr Porter believes he satisfied the reporting requiremen­ts after declaring he had received money from unknown donors to help pay his legal bills during defamation action against the ABC.

In a statement, Mr Porter said he was not willing to put “pressure on the trust” to give him informatio­n to which he was “not entitled” and break donors’ confidenti­ality.

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