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The government’s move to block investigation of Porter donations is a nail in the coffin of integrity in politics | Serena Lillywhite

’s staggering decision to accept legal funding from a should have gone straight to the privileges committee. But it didn’t

Just when you think the fallout could not get any worse after the former Christian Porter’s staggering judgement failure – thinking it would be OK to accept an anonymous donation to bail out his personal legal costs – it does.

Porter’s declaration that, as a beneficiary of a “blind trust”, he had no access to information about the original source of the funds, has set a dangerous precedent. It could allow any minister to accept large sums of money and claim they don’t know where it came from because it’s a blind trust – in short, an intended vehicle of secrecy and opaqueness.

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