Former PM Malcolm Turnbull has accused Attorney-General Christian Porter of lying about a meeting Turnbull had with Porter about sexual relationships Porter has allegedly had with junior parliament house staff. Turnbull made the allegation public on Twitter after Monday’s (8/3/21) Four Corners show “Bursting the Canberra Bubble”.
This is explosive stuff as Porter is now facing allegations of rape and anything that puts a question mark over his honesty and credibility would also have to put a question mark over Porter’s response to the rape allegations.
Turnbull and Porter gave different accounts of the 2017 meeting which was broadcast in November 2020 in the first show “Inside the Canberra bubble” and the same part was re-broadcast on Monday. Someone on Twitter asked Turnbull:
So Malcolm Turnbull it seems that Christian Porter is telling a different story regarding your meeting with him what do you say about that? #auspol #whostruth (Click here to see on Twitter)
Turnbull responded: (Click here to see on Twitter)
I produced an edited video of the key parts with my commentary as per below:
The transcript is below: ‘Inside the Canberra Bubble’ went to air on the 9th of November 2020.
The story focused in part on the conduct of Attorney-General Christian Porter.
MALCOLM TURNBULL, PRIME MINISTER 2015-18: On 6th December 2017, I had a meeting with Porter in my office and I told him that I had had reports of him being out in public, having had too much to drink, and in the company with young women and he, he acknowledged that, he didn’t argue with that and I just said, ‘Look, this is unacceptable conduct for a Cabinet minister, and it exposes you to the risk of compromise’.
RACHELLE MILLER, LIBERAL STAFFER, 2010-18: When we were at the bar, I noticed that Minister Porter was with someone in the corner, and they were clearly very intimate, they were cuddling, they were kissing.
It was quite confronting given that we were in such a public place and we’re in a place where we had multiple press gallery journalists, multiple MPs and senators.
LOUISE MILLIGAN, REPORTER: The Public Bar incident remained inside the Canberra bubble – it never leaked.
Christian Porter did not respond to Four Corners’ multiple requests for an interview or answer our detailed questions.
He provided a brief statement about his meeting with Mr Turnbull in December 2017.
Mr Porter said that in the meeting Malcolm Turnbull “queried whether there was any accuracy” to the story Mr Turnbull had heard.
According to Mr Porter, “the answer was no”. (Click here to read more or watch the show)
The Four Corners show on Monday didn’t produce any new evidence that wasn’t already reported in the media but the Tweet by Turnbull, which was a result of the show, was another blow to the chances of Porter surviving.
I accused Porter of lying in my last article titled “A-G Christian Porter is guilty of raping Katharine Thornton, a powerful prima facie case supports, with the key evidence of lies from Porter’s own mouth” and the list of evidence casting a shadow over Porter’s honesty and credibility has just gotten a lot longer with Turnbull’s public comment.
Turnbull was left with no choice but to defend himself, but he also would have known that what he said cast further doubt on Porter’s denials on many issues including the rape allegations.
Some people will attack Turnbull and say he is dishonest as well as Porter so he can’t be trusted, which is true, but Turnbull’s allegations against Porter as per above are supported by Rachelle Miller so I believe Turnbull’s account of his meeting with Porter.
Christian Porter lied last year regarding his sexual relationships with junior female staff. Porter also lied about Four Corners not putting questions to him and giving him an opportunity to respond which is the same lie he used last week in relation to all media and the rape allegations. So how can anyone trust him when he answers questions in regards to the alleged rape?
Any judge in a court of law would have to find that Christian Porter was an unreliable witness at best and a perjurer at worst so he cannot be trusted and he has to resign.
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