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Christian Porter’s legal fees: what is a blind trust and what must MPs disclose?

The minister’s office has said that he has declared what he needs to under the rules

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The industry and science minister, , has revealed that part of his legal fees were paid by a blind trust with funds from an undisclosed source.

So what is a blind trust, is the declaration consistent with disclosure rules, and could the Attorney General find out more about the source?

An amount paid by the ABC to his lawyers, Company Giles, for the costs of mediation.

A “part contribution to the payment of my fees by a blind trust known as the Legal Services Trust”.

Barrister Sue Chrysanthou “did not charge me for all of the time she spent on the matter” and some services were provided “on a reduced fee basis”.

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