Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted, Wednesday, that he secretly gave himself five ministerial portfolios during the Corona virus pandemic, but at a press conference he rejected calls to resign from Parliament.
Morrison was thrown into a torrent of questions about why he had failed to inform the public and many of his fellow ministers of the additional powers he usurped.
“We had to take extraordinary measures” to ensure continuity of government in the absence of a minister, the former prime minister trying to explain in a confused manner.
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He said he only used the powers once, outside of the Minister of Raw Materials, to block a controversial offshore gas extraction project. He admitted that this decision had nothing to do with the Covid epidemic. “I am very happy with this decision,” Morrison said.
The conservative politician added that he “did not personally benefit” from his appointment to various ministerial positions.
Scott Morrison has secretly held five Cabinet positions as of March 2020, including those of Health, Finance and Resources, The current Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced in recent days. The scandal highlighted the previous government’s opaque decision-making process and raised questions about the need to strengthen democracy.
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