Federal Liberal MP Christian Porter says he is “absolutely committed” to his electorate after being asked if he would run at the next election following historic rape allegations.
Mr Porter took more than three weeks mental health leave earlier this year after he self-identified as the minister accused of sexual assault in the late 1980s.
He denies all accusations and has launched a defamation case against the ABC, which first published the alleged victim’s claims.
“It’s not been an easy period for me personally, but I’m very much enjoying the new portfolio and I’m fully well and truly back to work,” Mr Porter said today in one of his first public appearances since returning to work.
Despite losing some duties, including the Attorney General portfolio in a Cabinet reshuffle, Mr Porter said he was “absolutely committed” to supporting those in his electorate of Pearce in Perth’s north.
He said he had received “amazing support” from people in the electorate.
“Well, I’m out here in my electorate … I’ve had amazing support from the people in my electorate and I’m absolutely committed to continuing to support them and work for them and make sure that the Government helps them in their challenges that they’ve all been experiencing and getting them through COVID,” he said.
Mr Porter said he “can’t talk about the case” when asked about legal action against the ABC.
His high-profile barrister Sue Chrysanthou could be forced to step aside from her role in the case over “conflict of interest” claims.
Ms Chrysanthou is accused of breaching professional duties by acting for Mr Porter after giving advice to witness Jo Dyer — who was a friend of the woman who accused Mr Porter of rape.
The Sydney barrister has denied any conflict of interest.