- Labor was highly critical of Scott Morrison appointing himself to five ministries.
- Former prime minister Scott Morrison launched a defence of his record in government.
- A report found Mr Morrison undermined public trust in democracy.
But his successor Anthony Albanese described the saga as an “abuse of power and a trashing of our democracy”, urging his colleagues to condemn the former prime minister.
What is censure?
Mr Morrison insisted he was proud of the Coalition actions as the nation “faced the abyss” of COVID-19, and a trade war launched by China.
What did Scott Morrison say?
Mr Morrison claimed he did not intend to cause offence among colleagues who, despite intending to vote against the motion, have been publicly critical of his actions.
Mr Morrison left the chamber shortly after, as speeches continued.
Anthony Albanese says Scott Morrison ‘just doesn’t get it’
“It’s not about Josh Frydenberg. It’s about the people of Australia. That’s who we’re accountable to, through this Parliament at this despatch box.”
“This was the Australian people who stood up and protected themselves … so all this unctuousness and self-congratulation we heard this morning should be dismissed,” he said.
Mr Burke warned question time had been unable to function without transparency, insisting “every single threshold” previously needed to censure MPs had been met in this case.