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Ex-Australia PM’s Secret Appointments Eroded Trust, Report Says

  • Australian government to change laws to ensure transparency
  • Former PM Morrison was sworn in secretly to five ministries
Scott Morrison, Australia's former prime minister, had been sworn into five portfolios between 2020 and 2021, without the knowledge of his cabinet or parliament, according to reports.

Scott Morrison, Australia's former prime minister, had been sworn into five portfolios between 2020 and 2021, without the knowledge of his cabinet or parliament, according to reports.

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Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly had himself sworn into ministries to ensure he had greater control over his colleagues’ decisions, an inquiry found, saying the actions were “corrosive” of trust in government.

The report released Friday by former High Court Judge Virginia Bell found Morrison’s 2020 decision to swear himself into the Health and Finance ministries was “unnecessary,” while his decision one year later to add the Treasury and Home Affairs portfolios was an attempt by the Australian leader to control his colleagues.