Academy apologises for welcoming Christian Porter to science portfolio after social media backlash

Academy apologises for welcoming Christian Porter to science portfolio after social media backlash

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Science organisation says sorry for ‘poorly worded tweet’ as Morrison government also under fire for promoting an MP with a history of anti-trans comments to assistant minister for women

The Australian Academy of Science has apologised for saying it is “looking forward” to working with the new science and technology minister, Christian Porter, after receiving backlash for the comment on social media.

In Monday’s reshuffle Porter was dumped as attorney general, minister for industrial relations and leader of the House after the prime minister received advice about potential conflicts of interest that a defamation case Porter is bringing against the ABC may create. The case relates to an allegation of sexual assault, which he strenuously denies.

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