Ministers are in no doubt about conduct expectations: Scott Morrison

Ministers are in no doubt about conduct expectations: Scott Morrison

November 15, 2020

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says allegations about two of his ministers, Christian Porter and Alan Tudge, having affairs were dealt with by his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull in 2017 and pre-dated a "bonk ban" being added to the ministerial standards.

Mr Morrison says he takes the code of conduct "very seriously" and has maintained and upheld the rules banning ministers from sleeping with staff members.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian PorterCredit:Alex Ellinghausen

"My ministers are in no doubt about what my expectations are of them, absolutely no doubt, about my expectations, and I expect them to be lived up to," he said.

The ABC's Four Corners program reported former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in 2017 warned cabinet minister Christian Porter, now Attorney-General, his personal conduct could expose him to blackmail.

Mr Porter has denied the allegations that he was seen "cuddling and kissing" a female Liberal staffer in a Canberra bar while married. He is considering legal action against the broadcaster.



The ABC reported witnesses of Mr Porter's behaviour included his ministerial colleague Alan Tudge and Mr Tudge's staffer Rachelle Miller, who revealed she was having an affair with her boss at the time. Mr Tudge said in a statement on Monday night he regretted his actions from 2017 immensely and the hurt it had caused his family and Ms Miller.

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