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‘Trashing of our democracy’: Scott Morrison secretly sworn in to at least five ministerial portfolios

Former prime minister Scott Morrison was appointed to at least five portfolios in secret during the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed.
In 2020, Mr Morrison was secretly appointed to administer the Department of Health on 14 March and the Department of Finance on 30 March.
In 2021, Mr Morrison was also sworn in to oversee the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources on 15 April and the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Treasury on 6 May.
The appointments were made under section 64 of the constitution. Mr Morrison also oversaw the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, part of his duties as prime minister.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed the secret ministerial arrangements after receiving briefings from senior bureaucrats on Tuesday morning.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Source: AAP / Lukas Coch

“There have been revelations of an extraordinary and unprecedented trashing of our democracy by the former Morrison government,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“This has been government by deception. Government in secret.”
Former ministers of the Coalition government have claimed they were unaware of the appointments.

More to come.

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