Monday 15 August 2022 11:46 PM Scott Morrison says 'I don't recall' if he secretly appointed himself to even ... trends now

Monday 15 August 2022 11:46 PM Scott Morrison says 'I don't recall' if he secretly appointed himself to even ... trends now
Monday 15 August 2022 11:46 PM Scott Morrison says 'I don't recall' if he secretly appointed himself to even ... trends now

Monday 15 August 2022 11:46 PM Scott Morrison says 'I don't recall' if he secretly appointed himself to even ... trends now

Scott Morrison has said he cannot recall if he was sworn into more ministries than health, finance and resources during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The former PM has been blasted for secretly appointing himself with ministerial powers in several portfolios in what he describes as a 'safeguard' during the crisis.

Speaking to 2GB on Tuesday morning, Mr Morrison said he was probably not sworn into more portfolios but could not be sure. 

'There are no other portfolios that I'm aware of but there may have been others that were done administratively.' 

During the interview a story broke online that Mr Morrison was also sworn into the Social Services portfolio on June 28, 2021.

Fordham asked Mr Morrison about this and the former PM replied: 'Ben I don't recall that but as I said there were some administrative issues.'

'My answer for all of these is the same, we were dealing with incredible amounts of money… im happy if there are others to be put out there… these are the reasons I did it to try and exercise my responsibilities as Prime Minister.'

Mr Morrison's secret moves were revealed in a new book, Plagued, about the federal government's handling of the pandemic.

Scott Morrison (pictured in March 2022) suffered insomnia and used to drug himself with sleeping pills to get a good night's rest during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic

Scott Morrison (pictured in March 2022) suffered insomnia and used to drug himself with sleeping pills to get a good night's rest during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic

The book describes how Mr Morrison was secretly sworn in as health minister, finance minister and resources minister during the Covid-19 pandemic in an extraordinary series of moves that are now being investigated by the new Labor government. 

In early 2020, the then prime minister decided he wanted to share power with the existing health and finance ministers, Greg Hunt and Mathias Cormann, to prevent them wielding too much influence over the nation's biosecurity laws and coffers during the crisis.

The plan was hatched with the approval of attorney-general Christian Porter. Mr Morrison apparently told Mr Hunt: 'I trust you, mate... but I'm swearing myself in as health minister, too.' 

It has since been revealed that in April 2021 the former PM was sworn in as resources minister to prevent Keith Pitt from approving a huge oil and gas project off the Central Coast where Liberal members faced pressure from climate activists and teal independents. 

'I sought to be the decision-maker on that issue because of its importance,' Mr Morrison said.

'The prime minister can't direct the minister.'

'Those powers were not subject to the cabinet. It was important as PM that I was exercising my responsibility.

A concerned Mr Pitt only found out in December when he wanted to move ahead with the project but the PM killed it.

Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as health minister and finance minister during the Covid-19 pandemic

Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as health minister and finance minister during the Covid-19 pandemic

The secretive moves were slammed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese who is seeking advice as to whether the actions were legal.

'This is quite extraordinary. Australians need a prime minister who is focused on the job that they're given,' he told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.

Mr Morrison told Sky News he did not wish to comment, adding: 'I haven't seen what he has said. Since leaving the job I haven't engaged in any day to day politics'. 

I don't know if it's some Messianic complex or if he thought he was the Australian version of Kanye 

Bill Shorten on Scott Morrison 

Explaining why Mr Morrison wanted to share power with the health and finance ministers, the book - written by journalists at The Australian - says he felt there 'needed to be more checks and balances before any single minister could wield such powers'.

The health minister was in charge of shutting

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