The key reason for Christian Porter resigning as a cabinet minister on Sunday (19/9/21) is the rape allegation made by Katharine Thornton which led to the defamation case that ultimately led to Porter trying to have someone secretly pay his legal fees. Katharine Thornton should be given credit for Australia potentially dodging a bullet as it is well known that Christian Porter had the ambition to be Prime Minister. As Attorney-General Porter was only a few positions away from Prime Minister so there is a fair chance he might have eventually made it to PM.
Evidence that came out in the associated Jo Dyer court case said that Katharine Thornton was well aware that she might not be able to hold Porter to account for the alleged rape in court but she had a goal of at least stopping him becoming Prime Minister which I think it is safe to say she has achieved.
Whether Porter is guilty or not of rape is something we will never know although many of us have an opinion one way or the other. What is not in doubt is Porter’s dodgy conduct over the last few months which culminated in the last few days where he tried to conceal who was paying his legal bills which I outlined in my last article “Christian Porter used taxpayers’ money to help facilitate his relationship with his girlfriend while Fortescue Metals likely paid his legal bill”. (Click here to read more)
As a side note, a person who said they were in the media team at Fortescue Metals called me last Thursday (16/9/21) and denied they had paid Christian Porter’s legal bill and when I asked them to email me a response so I could update the article they agreed but I never heard back from them.
What is most disturbing is Porter issued a press release today saying why he had resigned as a Minister and the main reason he gave was so he did not have to reveal the names of the anonymous donors who paid his legal bills. The problem is that Porter is still a federal MP and still has the same obligation as a Minister to declare gifts which means he still has to name the anonymous donors although he clearly intends on refusing to do so. The 3-page Dear John letter issued by Porter to the Australian public is below but first let’s listen to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the below video try to explain how Porter resigned because ministerial standards were not met.
Christian Porter’s 3-page press release regarding his resignation is below. It is a fascinating read as Porter attacks everyone including a cowardly attack on Katharine Thornton and he even goes on a long rant against Twitter users but it is Porter’s own conduct since the allegations were first made public that has been his downfall.
Christian Porter will go down in history as one of the most shameless politicians ever. He is more concerned about protecting the identity of his anonymous donors then he is concerened about representing the Australian public who pay his wages. Porter’s problems are far from over as there a possible coronial inquest in South Australia into Katharine Thornton’s death. Also the Jo Dyer matter is still afoot as Porter appealed in relation to the case he lost when his barrister Sue Chrysanthou was restrained by the court from representing him further as she had inside information so Porter might have to dip his hand into the mysterious donors fund again for some more cash from anonymous donors.
Katharine Thornton was a survivor who made sure she documented her story and made sure her friends had copies of the documented claims. Without Katharine Thornton there is a fair chance Christian Porter might have ended up Prime Minister and this country and its people would have been worse off without a doubt. So, a big thank you to Katharine Thornton as even though she is no longer alive she is still helping make the country a better place.
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