The public have less than two weeks to tell an inquiry looking into former prime minister Scott Morrison’s attempts to moonlight as the minister for everything just how corrupt they believe the rejected leader’s conduct truly was. Serkan Ozturk reports.
The public have about ten days left to let a government inquiry know what they really think about former prime minister Scott Morrison’s attack on democracy as the multiple minister for everything after he secretly installed himself into five ministries during the dying days of his government.
A storm of controversy and public ire was provoked last month when it was revealed that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Morrison had secretly appointed himself to five portfolios between March 2020 and May 2021.
Behind the back of even his most senior colleagues, Morrison got himself appointed into the ministries of Health, Finance, Treasury and Home Affairs as well as the Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio.
All of ScoMo’s dubious machinations were signed off at the time by Governor-General David Hurley, who it has since been revealed was lobbying Morrison for a questionable $18 million grant to a supposed foundation he was involved in called the Australian Future Leaders Program. The grant has since been been scrapped by the new Labor federal government.
Previous advice received from the Commonwealth solicitor-general about Morrison’s decision to secretly swear himself into the resources ministry has labelled his actions as “inconsistent with the conventions and practices that form an essential part of the system of responsible government”.
The inquiry into Morrison’s conduct is being led by respected retired High Court judge, Virginia Bell AC.
Ms Bell is due to report back with her findings on November 25.
Before that though, she is inviting members of the public to have their say and let her know just what a whack in the face to democracy they believe ScoMo’s actions may have been.
The public have until 5pm on Friday, September 30 to get their submissions in.
“The public submission period for the Inquiry into the Appointment of the Former Prime Minister to Administer Multiple Departments is now open,” the inquiry has stated.
“The Hon Virginia Bell AC, who is leading the inquiry, invites any interested individual or organisation to make a submission. Those intending to do so are encouraged to read the terms of reference and details on how to make a submission available on the inquiry’s website.”
As the inquiry heats up, over the weekend Morrison suffered yet another loss of sorts at the NRL semi-finals where his beloved Sharks lost to Souths, the favourite team of current PM Anthony Albanese.
If you would like to make a public submission, you can do so here.