PM tight-lipped on scandal-plagued MPs

Scott Morrison has remained tight-lipped on a cabinet reshuffle, with Attorney-General Christian Porter and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds at risk of being dumped from their roles.

The Prime Minister this week revealed he was considering the advice of the Solicitor-General in regards to Mr Porter’s return from personal leave in April.

Speaking on ABC AM, Mr Morrison said he would not speculate on any of the decisions involving Mr Porter or Senator Reynolds.

“In relation to Mr Porter’s return to the cabinet, I’ve been considering the advice of the Solicitor-General about conflicts of interest that may arise in relation to that defamation action against the ABC,” he said.

“Also in terms of the ministerial code of conduct which also deals with perceived conflicts of interest.

“So I’m working through those issues with the lawyer at the moment. He’s not returning to work for … another week or so yet, and that will be done in time after his return.”

Mr Morrison was also asked about Senator Reynolds’s future as Defence Minister after her handling of her former staffer Brittany Higgins’s alleged rape was widely criticised.

But Mr Morrison refused to comment.

“All I can say is that when I make decisions on these matters I’ll communicate them and my reasons for them,” he said.

Mr Porter this month outed himself as the cabinet minister at the centre of historical rape allegations, which he strongly denied.

Senator Reynolds has also been off on medical leave regarding a pre-existing condition.

She extended her leave after revelations she called Ms Higgins a “lying cow”, for which she was forced to apologise and settle a defamation lawsuit.

Mr Morrison was also grilled about his own position as leader, which he said was “absolutely” safe.

“I’ve been very grateful for the tremendous support I’ve had from all of my colleagues, from my cabinet, my ministers, all the way through to my party room,” he said.

“Our party has never been more united.”

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