The surprising theories WHY Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as Treasurer and Home Affairs chief long after Covid hit Australia: 'Don't go soft'
Scott Morrison had himself sworn in to at least five ministries during Covid-19 He was treasurer, home affairs minister, health and finance minister at once Mr Morrison said he did that as a 'safeguard' during the extraordinary pandemic But theories are emerging suggesting he wanted to 'micro-manage' ministers
After revelations that former prime minister Scott Morrison was secretly appointed to five additional ministerial portfolios during his term, the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is seeking legal advice and promising to hold Morrison to account. Guardian Australia’s chief political correspondent Sarah Martin talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how and why Morrison was appointed to these portfolios, and what this tells us about accountability and secrecy at the highest levels of government
Andrew Bolt UNLEASHES on Scott Morrison demanding he QUIT politics over secret ministries scandal - but Australia's most popular PM leaps to his defence
Sky News' Andrew Bolt blasted Scott Morrison over secret ministries scandal Mr Morrison appointed himself to five ministries in his last two years as PM Bolt said Peter Dutton's defence of Mr Morrison makes it a 'double disaster' John Howard also defended Mr Morrison, saying he should not resign his seat
Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was guilty of an “unprecedented trashing of our democracy” when he secretly appointed himself to five ministerial roles, according to current PM Anthony Albanese. Albanese said Morrison, who lost this year’s General Election, “deliberately undermined the checks and balances that are so important and essential for our democracy” and that he is now speaking with the country’s solicitor general about the issue.
Outrage as Australians discover former PM Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to five other portfolios
Scott Morrison has been accused of “trashing Australia’s democracy” after it was revealed he secretly appointed himself to five additional ministries while he was prime minister. Anthony Albanese, the country’s current PM, has said he is exploring legal action after it emerged that the former premier had appointed himself to positions in several departments between March 2020 and May 2021.
Morrison liked to think he was unchained from orthodoxy – but was he actually unhinged from reality?
The revelation the former PM had five secret portfolios demonstrates his contempt for colleagues and the longstanding conventions that underpin Australia’s democracy Scott Morrison, in the book that first revealed his penchant for portfolio hoarding, likens himself to the Depression-era treasurer Joseph Lyons. According to the former prime minister, Lyon’s legacy was a guiding light for him during the pandemic, teaching him to unshackle himself from the political conformism of the day.
Who else knew? What powers did Morrison exercise in the portfolios? And did he break any laws? Scott Morrison secretly swore himself into five extra portfolios – treasury, home affairs, finance, health and resources – when he was prime minister, prompting a legal probe from the federal government and the solicitor general about the use of those ministerial powers.
Morrison confirms appointing himself to multiple portfolios and says it was done during ‘unprecedented times’ Article bookmarked Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Don't show me this message again ✕ Scott Morrison has defended his decision to secretly hold at least five ministerial roles during the Covid pandemic by saying they were “unconventional times” and were only “safeguards”.
Twitter reacts as it turns out it wasn’t so much ‘jobs for the boys’ as ‘jobs for the boy’ when it came to former PM Morrison There have been many jobs Scott Morrison has distanced himself from during his tenure in parliament, from being an ethical theologian to holding a hose.
Australia's former PM Scott Morrison secretly held five roles in the ministry, the current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says. He described his predecessor's actions as an "unprecedented trashing of our democracy". Mr Morrison is facing calls to resign as an MP following the revelations, which began emerging on Monday.
Incumbent prime minister says he ‘cannot conceive of the mindset’ that enabled Scott Morrison to appoint himself to additional positions while PM Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to five additional ministries while Australia’s prime minister, in what his successor has labelled an “unprecedented trashing of the Westminster system”.
ANTHONY ALBANESE has taken a swipe at his predecessor Scott Morrison amid reports the ex-Australian Prime Minister appointed himself to separate minister roles. Anthony Albanese, who replaced Scott Morrison as Australian premier following the federal elections in May, claimed the ex-Prime Minister had taken on the health and finance portfolios in March 2022.
Australia news live: Karen Andrews leads calls for Scott Morrison to resign over secret ministries as former PM defends ‘belts and braces’ approach
The former prime minister Scott Morrison has issued a very lengthy statement on his Facebook page, following the new revelations that came from Anthony Albanese’s press conference earlier today. Morrison had appeared on 2GB radio earlier this morning and failed to mention his appointments to the Ministry of Home Affairs and to Treasury which were later revealed by Albanese.
Former PM says actions were a necessary safeguard during the pandemic Scott Morrison has defended his actions in secretly having himself sworn into multiple ministry roles while prime minister, saying they were “safeguards” and “the right decision” during the pandemic. It comes as official government documents reveal Morrison also took over parts of the social services portfolio in June 2021, with prime minister Anthony Albanese hinting “there may well be more” ministries that the former Coalition leader secretly assumed responsibility for.
Baffling moment Scott Morrison says he 'doesn't remember' if he secretly appointed himself to even MORE jobs - before Ben Fordham exposes him live on air for having a FOURTH role: 'Why didn't you say something to the Australian people?'
Scott Morrison gave had himself sworn in to health and finance ministries The revelations come in a new book about his handling of the pandemic The book also reveals that Mr Morrison secretly managed health portfolio Scott Morrison has said he cannot recall if he was sworn into more ministries than health, finance and resources during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scott Morrison had himself sworn in to at least five ministries during Covid-19 He was treasurer, home affairs minister, health and finance minister at once Mr Morrison said he did that as a 'safeguard' during the extraordinary pandemic But Anthony Albanese said the move made a mockery of Australian government
Bitter ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull rips into Scott Morrison for 'sinister' decision to appoint himself to at least three secret ministerial jobs - and heaps praise on Anthony Albanese
Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as health minister and finance minister His predecessor Malcolm Turnbull weighed into saga with a scathing attack 'This is this is sinister stuff. This is secret government,' the former PM told 7.30 The revelations come in a new book about Mr Morrison's handling of pandemic
And with that, we will close the blog for the day. Here’s what happened today: The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, announced that former PM Scott Morrison had appointed himself to five additional ministries, including Treasury and home affairs. The PM is expecting legal advice on the matter by Monday.