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.