Tag: prime minister and cabinet

  • Scott Morrison, the Minister for Everything, convention, and the law

    Scott Morrison, the Minister for Everything, convention, and the law

    In a statement yesterday, a spokesperson for His Excellency the Governor-General of Australia David Hurley confirmed reports that, during the height of the response to the COVID pandemic in 2020, he had accepted advice from then-Prime Minister Scott Morrison to secretly appoint him to various ministerial portfolios. This post discusses the legal provisions and political…

  • About that time Malcolm Fraser created a fake department…

    About that time Malcolm Fraser created a fake department…

    With the controversy erupting earlier this year over Scott Morrison’s decision to keep embattled ministers Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds in his cabinet, it may be worth remembering how much worse it could have been had the Prime Minister not been able to find “real” jobs for Porter and Reynolds. He could have, as Malcolm…