The 31-page dossier outlining Katharine Thornton’s alleged rape by Christian Porter, as per below, was made public on Thursday (24/6/21) and on the same day Christian Porter filed an appeal in the Jo Dyer v Chrysanthou matter, that was before Justice Thawley, which restrained Porter’s barrister Sue Chrysanthou from representing him.
I also filed and served my submissions in the Porter v ABC matter which relates to Porter wanting clause 3, in his settlement with the ABC, removing part of the ABC’s defence and Porter’s reply from the court file.
With everything that is happening with Porter and his legal cases it is almost certain the rape allegations will head into next year, and maybe up until the next federal election, as front-page news on a regular basis and that will be very damaging for the government.
Justice Thawley released numerous documents on Thursday in the Jo Dyer v Chrysanthou matter including the 31-page dossier which is very graphic (Click here to read) and numerous other documents (Click here). Why Porter is appealing seems odd as he has settled with the ABC and it could cost him a lot more if he loses which seems to suggest he does have a WA billionaire or 2 financing him.
But one possible reason for Porter appealing is maybe he does not want certain evidence that is still suppressed in the Jo Dyer v Chrysanthou matter being released as News Corp also filed an application to intervene in the matter to try and gain access to some of the material and maybe News Corp is trying to have other documents released. By Porter appealing, it might halt News Corp until the appeal is decided.
The SMH reported:
On Thursday, Mr Porter filed an appeal against three judgments made by Justice Tom Thawley in the case, which include the order of costs against him and Ms Chrysanthou; the order that Ms Chrysanthou could not act for him; and final suppression orders in the case.
Mr Porter is seeking for the judgments and orders to be set aside, the original proceedings be dismissed, and for Ms Dyer to pay his costs of the appeal and original proceedings.
He is also seeking the release of unredacted text messages sent between Ms Dyer and ABC journalist Annabel Crabb, which were tendered in the case. (Click here to read more)
Hypocrisy in full flight
That’s right, Mr Porter wants numerous documents withheld from the public in his case against the ABC and he now wants “the release of unredacted text messages” from the Dyer v Chrysanthou matter. Porter has no shame, and I will raise it in court on the 9th of July.
Christian Porter originally filed an application to have part of the ABC’s defence struck out and suppressed but then they settled the matter. As part of the settlement, clause 3, it was thought they wanted part of the ABC’s defence and their reply removed from the court file and suppressed and that is how it was discussed at the hearing on the 1st of June 2021 which I was at as an intervenor. It was even agreed that I would file and serve a s78B Notice of a Constitutional Matter because I was going to argue that it would infringe on the implied freedom of political communication in the constitution if the documents were suppressed.
Now Porter’s lawyers are saying in their written submissions that they had no intention of having the documents suppressed and they just want the documents removed from the court file so I have no right, nor the other intervenors News Corp and Nine, to intervene. As you will see in my affidavit in the link above there is a lot of material to show that I am a news publisher because they are also claiming that I am not and therefore have no right to intervene on that basis as well. The games Porter’s lawyers are up to will be under the microscope at the hearing on the 9th of July.
It’s only a short article because if you click on the links above there is a lot of reading, but I thought it was worth updating where the matters are at as there has been a lot of movement in the last few days.
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