Scott Morrison Censured by Parliament for Secret Powers

Scott Morrison has been censured by the Australian parliament for giving himself secret powers while in office. This is the first time a former prime minister has been censured by the House of Representatives.
2. In August, it emerged that Mr Morrison had become joint minister for health, finance, treasury, home affairs and resources in the two years before he lost power in May. Most ministers were reportedly unaware they were sharing portfolios with Mr Morrison and he has been widely criticised, including by close colleagues.
3. An investigation found his appointments were legal, and that he used his extra powers only once – to overrule a minister in a matter unrelated to the pandemic. A censure is the parliament’s way of formally expressing disapproval in an MP. Such motions are rare and largely symbolic, but they can have political consequences.

By Evey Lovelace

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