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Government blocks bill establishing an inquiry into Christian Porter's fitness for cabinet

Updated: Jul 6, 2021

Yesterday, federal senators blocked the introduction of a bill aimed at establishing an Inquiry into whether Christian Porter is "fit and proper" to be a minister.

The blocking of the bill and subsequent gagging of debate on the matter has been described as unprecedented.

The private members bill had been introduced by Senator Larissa Waters, who responded, “This is a government that thrives on secrecy. We all knew this, but this is a new low,” she told the Senate.

Titled the Ministerial Suitability Commission of Inquiry Bill 2021, Senator Waters's private members bill was potentially going to be led by a former High Court judge.

The block and gag tactic by the government, One Nation party and Senator Jacqui Lambie is an unusual occurrence in the senate, having occurred allegedly five times in the history of the Senate at a federal level.

Senator Waters tweeted earlier today, "I’ll keep reintroducing the Bill over, and over, and over again, until either the government or One Nation realise that the women of Australia deserve better and that all sexual assault allegations must be taken seriously."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected the proposal of an independent inquiry, stating that Mr Porter is an “innocent man under our law”.