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Opposition says if he can’t perform all his duties, attorney general should resign; vaccine rollout fast-tracked over fears PNG outbreak could spread to north Queensland. Follow live
Nicolle Fint stood up in the chamber last night and delivered a speech during the adjournment debate, and spoke about some of the abuse she experienced in the last election – and she had some words for Labor’s leadership:
Yesterday I sat in this place and listened to the Leader of the Opposition express outrage at the treatment of women in politics and suggest that we all need to listen to what women are saying.
He directed almost all of his outrage at my party and my government.
We’ve made it to Wednesday. Huzzah.
After Scott Morrison admitted yesterday there would duties Christian Porter could not perform as part of his role as attorney-general, because of his defamation action against the ABC, Labor stepped up the ‘Porter should step aside’ rhetoric.
On Monday, the assistant minister to the attorney general, Amanda Stoker, told Guardian Australia the government was “in the process” of determining how to manage “any potential conflict of interest” in Porter’s return to work.
Asked which functions Porter would be unable to perform when he returned to work, Morrison told the lower house “in an abundance of caution and to avoid any perception of conflicts of interest the attorney general will not perform certain functions that may relate to the federal court and the ABC”.
I don’t know how it is said that you can draw some kind of line around parts of the Attorney-General’s job but that seems to be what the Prime Minister is proposing. What he should be doing, what the Prime Minister should be doing, is showing some leadership for once, trying to clear the air, trying to restore the confidence of the public in this high cabinet office and stand Christian Porter aside
Covid cases in Papua New Guinea have jumped alarmingly over the last fortnight. The Pacific nation has reported a total of 2,269 cases and 26 deaths over the course of the pandemic but there are fears that the true rate of community transmission is much higher and is masked by low testing rates.
Fears about the spread of Covid have led to the fast-tracking of the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the Torres Strait this week, including on the island of Saibai which is only a short dinghy ride south of PNG’s Western province.
Source: The Guardian
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