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Scott Morrison to face censure motion in parliament over secret ministries, Anthony Albanese says

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Scott Morrison will face a censure motion in parliament for having secretly appointed himself to additional ministries.

Anthony Albanese said federal cabinet had agreed to move a censure motion against his predecessor in the House of Representatives later this week.

“This wasn’t about a relationship between the former prime minister and his ministers. It’s not a personal relationship between two mates over what happened down the pub,” the Prime Minister told reporters on Monday.

“This is about accountability of our democratic system, and whether the parliament was functioning properly.

“And about the relationship between the prime minister and the people of Australia, who is expected to be held to account through our parliamentary processes.”

Mr Morrison shocked many of his cabinet members when it emerged he had himself sworn in as joint minister of the health, finance, treasury, home affairs, and industry, science, energy and resources portfolios over a period of two years during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A review of his conduct compiled by former High Court Justice Virginia Bell and released on Friday found Mr Morrison’s self-appointments were ultimately unnecessary and their secret nature was “corrosive of trust” in government.

Mr Albanese said federal cabinet had agreed to adopt all six recommendations made by Ms Bell in her report.

Coalition frontbencher Paul Fletcher said earlier on Monday the opposition would vote against the censure motion, labelling it a “political stunt” by Labor.

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