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Government defeats Labor push to refer Christian Porter to privileges committee over trust

Speaker agrees ‘prima facie case’ to examine whether former breached disclosure rules but Coalition votes down referral

The Morrison government has blocked Labor’s bid to refer to the privileges committee over his declaration that part of his legal fees were paid by a with funds from an unknown source.

The Speaker of the house, Tony Smith, on Wednesday agreed there was a “prima facie case” Porter should be investigated for a possible breach of disclosure rules, but the government voted down the referral, the first time that’s happened since federation.

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