Senate to hear more details from ABC on Porter defamation case

By Shannon Jenkins

Thursday June 3, 2021

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Three senators have reportedly signed a letter that could see the ABC reappear before senate estimates as early as next week.

According to Guardian Australia, the senate communications committee will set a date for an additional hearing today, after Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Labor senators Nita Green and Catryna Bilyk co-signed the letter requesting the hearing.

The senators reportedly hope to uncover more details about the circumstances that led to former attorney-general Christian Porter dropping his defamation suit against the ABC.

The now industry minister dropped his defamation case on Monday after the parties agreed to enter into mediation, in what Porter described as a ‘humiliating backdown by the ABC’.

But ABC journalist Louise Milligan later tweeted that Porter had ‘proposed a settlement first’.

The communications committee will, according to Guardian Australia, ask ABC managing director David Anderson why the ABC agreed to settle, and who proposed the settlement.

Porter commenced the proceedings earlier this year, after the ABC published an article about an unnamed cabinet minister accused of an historical alleged sexual assault. He came forward as the minister in question on March 3, and rejected the allegations that he had raped a woman in 1988, when she was 16.


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