“A gentleman, a good chap follows the rules of cricket and that’s the expectation that there was here. But now that we’ve seen that that expectation can be defeated, it is probably a good reason to change the system,” she said.
“The fact that ministers were unaware of these things is actually proof of my lack of interference or intervention in any of their activities.”
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Governor-General David Hurley has confirmed he swore Scott Morrison into multiple portfolios without an official ceremony.
“So the problem that’s arisen in this particular case is primarily the secrecy involved and in particular, not giving the relevant minister involved notice of what was happening, not consulting the cabinet and not letting the public know.”
Scott Morrison has said his actions were taken “in extraordinary times.” Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas
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“I think that cleaning that up and making it very clear to the public who is responsible for exercising executive power would be actually a really good outcome coming from this debacle.”
“There was a very prominent instance that arose with the initial days of the Whitlam government back in 1972 but that was very much a temporary measure until such time as the government got underway,” he said.
“The revelations [about Mr Morrison’s actions] on the other hand, are really quite exceptional and they’re quite distinctive from the other examples that have been well known about,” Professor Rothwell said.
Accusations of ‘breaching democratic norms’
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is expected to receive advice from the solicitor-general regarding the matter on Monday.