Scott Morrison sought advice on a sixth ministry and did not agree to be interviewed by inquiry

Scott Morrison’s secret appointment to additional ministries was “apt to undermine public confidence in government” and was “corrosive of trust in government”, Virginia Bell has found.

In a report, released on Friday, the former high court justice said Morrison’s appointments to the health and finance ministries were “unnecessary” while three other appointments “had little if any connection to the pandemic”.

Bell found these were an “exorbitant” way to overrule his ministers in the event of disagreement about their use of their powers to cancel visas, approve foreign investment and resources projects – a decision she labelled “bizarre”.

Morrison welcomed the recommendations of the report, insisted he had acted in the national interest and commented that he is “pleased that this matter has now concluded” – despite the fact Anthony Albanese has not ruled out further sanction.

The report reveals that Morrison asked for advice about appointment to a…

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This article was written by Paul Karp and Amy Remeikis and originally published on www.theguardian.com