Christian Porter is tipped to quit politics and move to Sydney to work as a lawyer and live with his lover
- Christian Porter expected to announce his departure from politics
Christian Porter is tipped to quit politics for good to return to work as a lawyer and settle down with his new girlfriend in Sydney.
Sources have claimed Mr Porter will announce his intentions to no longer run at the next election as the member for Pearce.
It comes almost two months after the former attorney-general resigned from cabinet over revelations he accepted an undisclosed donation from a blind trust to pay for his civil lawsuit against the ABC.
Prime Minister announced Mr Porter stood down as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology and would return to the backbench.
Mr Porter is expected to announce his departure from politics ahead of the next election, slated to be held in March or May of next year.
Sources have claimed Mr Porter (pictured) will announce his intentions to no longer run at the next election as the member for Pearce
Mr Porter’s current partner, well-regarded criminal lawyer Karen Espiner, lives in Sydney
Mr Porter’s possible departure from politics follows in the wake of a taxing year that saw him move to sue the ABC over a story that revealed a ‘senior cabinet minister’ was accused of raping a teenage girl.
The Western Australian Liberal Party politician chose to identify himself as the minister days later in February and vehemently denied the allegations that dated back to 1988 when he was 17.
He sued the public broadcaster for defamation who in turn added an editorial note to the original article stating it did not intend to suggest Mr Porter had committed the alleged offence.
The ABC agreed to pay $100,000 towards the cost of mediation to settle the matter, leaving the politician with legal bills estimated to be up to $1million.
Mr Porter has since claimed he has received thousands of dollars from anonymous donors to pay for his outstanding legal fees.
On September 19, he tendered his resignation from cabinet after he refused to reveal the identity of the mystery donors, insisting he didn’t know who they are.
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