The nation’s parliament censured former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for granting himself hidden powers while in office.
The historic motion comes in response to a stinging assessment that claimed his actions “corroded faith in government.”
It’s the first time the House of Representatives has censured a former prime minister.
Mr. Morrison has defended his appointment to multiple ministries, labeling the criticism from opponents as “retribution.”
In the two years prior to his loss of power in May, it was revealed that Mr. Morrison had served as a joint minister for health, finance, treasury, home affairs, and resources.
The majority of ministers were not aware that Mr. Morrison shared their responsibilities, and he received harsh criticism, including from close friends and colleagues.
The decisions were made during the “exceptional times” of the pandemic, according to Mr. Morrison, a former cabinet minister who is now a backbench MP.
An examination revealed that his appointments were legitimate and that he had only ever used his additional authority to defy a minister in a situation unconnected to the pandemic.
However, the court found that Mr. Morrison “fundamentally undercut” responsible governance. According to a different investigation, the majority of his visits had “little to no connection to the pandemic.”
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The Albanean government has already committed to passing new legislation requiring future public disclosure of any such appointments.
But Mr. Albanese asserted that the legislature also had a responsibility to denounce his predecessor’s conduct.
He claimed on Wednesday that they put Australia on a “slippery slope” away from “precious” democracy.
According to Mr. Morrison, in retrospect, he feels that his choices were “unnecessary” and that he gave them “insufficient care.”
He did not, however, offer an apology, instead claiming that the criticism was due to “political intimidation” and “retribution”.
The majority of his center-right coalition allies agreed with him, but Bridget Archer, a member of parliament, said she didn’t believe Mr. Morrison’s defense of his conduct and backed the censure.
Karen Andrews, a former home affairs minister and one of the colleagues who unwittingly held the same job as Mr. Morrison, did not participate in the vote.
The formal mechanism for the parliament to express disapproval of an MP is through a censure. Even though these motions are uncommon and mostly symbolic, they can have political repercussions.