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Barnaby Joyce backs ‘incredibly intelligent’ Christian Porter for eventual return to frontbench

Acting PM says Porter ‘had a bad day at the wicket’, but may return as a minister as he hadn’t done anything illegal in accepting anonymous funds

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Acting prime minister has endorsed to return to the ministry in future, just one day after the former industry minister resigned over his legal fees being paid by a trust with money from unknown donors.

On Monday, Joyce told reporters in Canberra Porter was “incredibly intelligent” and had been an “incredibly capable” minister, suggesting he could return after seeking re- in his Western Australian seat of Pearce.

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