Australian ex-PM Scott Morrison faces censure over secret ministry posts

He had appointed himself minister for finance, home affairs, treasury, resources, agriculture and environment, without telling the public or existing ministers



Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

By AFP

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 8:50 AM

Ousted Australian prime minister Scott Morrison will face censure in parliament for secretly appointing himself to several key ministerial posts during the Covid-19 pandemic, his successor Anthony Albanese said on Monday.

Morrison had appointed himself minister for finance, home affairs, treasury, resources, agriculture and environment, without telling the public or existing ministers.

A recent inquiry by a former high court judge found his actions had been "corrosive of trust in government" and recommended closing several loopholes that allowed the appointments to remain secret.

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Despite much outrage and scrutiny over the move, Morrison's actions were ultimately found to be legal.

Albanese said that the parliament would now try to change the law, to make sure all ministerial appointments were made public.

He also said his conservative predecessor — who lost an election in May — should be held politically accountable.

"We will introduce legislation later this week to make sure that this can never ever happen again," Albanese announced, heaping pressure on Morrison to resign his seat in parliament.

The ex-premier has defended his actions as "prudent" and necessary during a global pandemic.


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