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More than 80,000 sign petition to have Porter sacked


More than 80,000 people have signed a petition calling for Christian Porter to be suspended as attorney-general over rape allegations he has denied.

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The prime minister remains under sustained pressure as he continues to insist police have dealt with the historical allegations and no further action is required.

Porter has taken indefinite mental health leave but Scott Morrison is adamant he will be welcomed back into cabinet.

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham rejected suggestions the government was out of touch with community expectations.

“I think Australians do expect that proper legal processes should be followed in relation to addressing such allegations,” he told ABC radio on Monday.

“Those legal processes have been deployed by the NSW Police as they’ve outlined. Of course, there are also legal processes in relation to the tragic death (of the woman involved) and those processes remain under way in South Australia, and we should let them run their course.”

Porter’s former wife was among thousands of West Australians to march across Perth on Sunday in protest against gender discrimination and violence.

Thousands more are marching on Parliament House in Canberra on Monday.

Other rallies are taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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