ALBO the mudlark: “He needs to answer where this money came from. Members of Parliament, as well as ministers, just can’t accept money from anonymous donors for a private legal matter.” The Labor Party has been trousering cash from anonymous people (fleeced by unions) for generations. Today’s resignation of Industry and Science Minister Christian Porter over a potential or perceived conflict of interest linked to monies received by him to finance legal action against the ABC is not a “private” matter. Four Corners alone has become a weapon for defaming men its controllers don’t like. The ABC is public property with a billion-dollar treasury to bully those who cross it. Following the 7-0 humiliation of Louise Milligan in the High Court last year, the national broadcaster became obsessed with revenge. The targets: Liberal politicians and staffers. Thanks to the usual mousiness of the Prime Minister on matters of high principle, conservative figures will go on being defamed at will by a feral ABC whose Richie Rich-like vault makes it untouchable.
Unless they do something about it.
Let’s recapitulate what was done to Mr Porter. A supposed accusation by a woman was dismissed by the police but the ‘statement’ outlining her claims (and proving her insanity) had nevertheless been sent anonymously to Scott Morrison’s office – and the offices of his political opponents. This was blackmail to ensure the Prime Minister called an inquiry – regardless of police conclusions – and to guarantee the Attorney-General’s life could be destroyed pursuant to the novel Leninist-feminist doctrine of Believe All Women. Various Labor lawyers – they deserve to have the word disgraced appended to their names like so many Roger Rogersons – wanted the presumption of innocence to be suspended; Porter, they said, had to prove he didn’t do it.
Not only were police uninterested; it turns out the so-called accuser had withdrawn her allegations and committed suicide. There could never be a prosecution. There was no proof and the circulated ‘statement’ never merited the description ‘evidence.’ The ABC wanted an execution anyway. When Milligan published an article that caused the Attorney-General to reveal himself as the accused and sue her and the ABC for making him “readily identifiable,” the PM should have laid down the law – literally – about how this would play out.
Mr Porter’s resignation doesn’t make the point moot. On the contrary. To protect citizens – be they politicians or not – the Morrison government should enact two reforms (or make a racket trying): First, a prohibition on the payment of a sued ABC reporter’s legal fees. For Milligan’s costs to have been paid (by you) while the innocent man who sued her is forced to resign to protect the names of donors is a disgrace. Second, the legal oversight of potentially defamatory content and determining the viability of appeals in defamation cases should be outsourced to an independent panel whose decision is final. Louise Milligan likes to humble-boast about the awards conferred on her by left-wing entities; if she can don the laurels, she can wear the costs.