Christian Porter, Minister of Industry, speaks with the media on May 31, 2021 outside the Federal Court of Justice in Sydney, Australia. (AAP Image / Dean Lewins)
Christian Porter resigned from Australia’s Minister of Industry because he did not reveal where the costs of the proceedings came from.
Porter said he had decided to avoid the possibility of being perceived as a “conflict of interest” by the government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Sunday that he had accepted Porter’s resignation and appointed energy minister Angus Taylor.
“His action was to adhere to the standards,” Morrison said.
The “Blind Trust” has paid the settlement of Porter’s unsolved proceedings.
“I expect my ministers, all of them, and myself to adhere to the standards of the ministers and act according to those ministers’ standards,” Morrison said.
“Mr. Porter strengthens the government’s commitment to these standards by making the decisions he made today, the appropriate decisions in these situations.”