Christian Porter should be given a chance to clear his name. Only an independent inquiry can do that.

Now that the dust has settled on Porter’s attempt to sue the ABC, it’s time to take a step back and consider whether this man should receive the justice he deserves.

 Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

He has steadfastly maintained his innocence but he lost his job as Attorney General.

The publicity generated by the allegations against him have done his reputation immense harm and he would no doubt wish to have that undone.

The only way for him to do this is to call on the Prime Minister for an independent inquiry into the allegations. This will mean that Porter will not have to rely solely on his own assertions of innocence to maintain his credibility as a parliamentarian and as a minister.

Scott Morrison should not deny Christian Porter the opportunity to put his case in public and set up an inquiry immediately.

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