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Just after 9 AM AEDT, Scott Morrison will be the subject of a censure motion by the Albanese government in the House of Representatives.
You can watch it live right here.
Most of the federal opposition has now left the House of Representatives in protest over today’s censure motion.
Before Scott Morrison ended his speech and urged his adversaries to stop and think about the following:
Do you remember ever having to manage a crisis in which the outlook was totally unknown? Did you manage to make the right decisions in such situations?
Even if you made mistakes, was it enough to not have any material effect on the outcome and the result proved to be the best in the world?
After you’ve reflected on your experience, what happens when you have more? [time] If you are in government, then it is possible to want to put the first stone in that place.
Perhaps the response to these difficult times and events is not to go down that path, Mr Speaker, but down the path of thankfulness that Australia’s performance through the pandemic was one of the strongest in the developed world. To acknowledge, in humility and not in retribution that no country nor leader got all the decisions right.
The former PM ended his address by thanking his constituents and his local Horizon church “for their prayers … people of faith from all around the country have extended the same”.
“I especially thank my wife, Jenny, and our daughters, Abby and Lily, my family and friends for their love and support, as well as my former staff for their great loyalty. We should always be proud to have worked together.
“Mr Speaker, I gave it everything I had. I gave it my best. And in the best of faith, each and every day I had the privilege to serve the Australian people.”
Scott Morrison has conceded that taking on the treasury and home affairs portfolios was unnecessary and that he didn’t give enough consideration to disclosing his multiple ministries.
He said while he did not “resile” from taking action over the PEP11 gas licence, it was a mistake not to inform former finance minister Simon Birmingham of taking his ministry.
“My omission was not informing the [then] Minister for Finance, whom I believed had been informed by my office. I was mistaken about that, which was only brought to my attention when I made these matters public,” Morrison said to jeers.
“I’ve addressed this issue directly with the then minister for finance. Had I been asked about these matters at the time at the numerous press conferences I held, I would have responded truthfully about the arrangements I had put in place.”
He Then, they said the following:
Mr. Speaker, I recognize that the non-disclosure has resulted in an unintentional offense. I don’t apologize for taking action, particularly prudent redundancy action in a crisis national to save lives and livelihoods.
This motion is ineffective [acknowledge this] Its true motivation is, unfortunately, partisan.
The government’s response to censure and prosecute this motion is to engage in the politics of retribution and nothing less. These are the actions of an opposition, Mr Speaker. They do not represent a government who recognizes that victory is a virtue.
Each of us can decide how we will respond to these events, Herr Speaker. My faith will direct me to follow the example of Jesus Christ and I will turn the other cheek.
Former prime minister Scott Morrison insists that any suggestion he served as minister of the portfolios he was sworn into is “false”.
“It is strange to describe such actions as a power grab, as they were never exercised or even used to exercise influence over the relevant ministers,” Morrison told parliament a few moments ago.
“They were simply a dormant redundancy.”
This was also the opinion of the former PM:
Each of the decisions I made during my tenure as prime minister to minister department, I again note that our nation faced some of the most difficult challenges since the Second World War. World War: Drought, natural disasters and a global pandemic. The pandemic cause, the global recession and a rising China that seeks to force Australia to submission.
These were difficult times. The IMF reported that the global economy contracted by 3.1% in the first year following the pandemic. This is 30 times more than the economic loss during the global financial crisis 2009.
Morrison said that during that period, Australia was “fighting for our very survival, from a public health, economic and national security perspective”.
As prime minister. I sought to exercise my responsibility during this extremely difficult period in a matter that would best advance and protect Australia’s national interest and the welfare of the Australian people. I made it clear that this was what I would do.
It is my pleasure that Australia emerged from this time of crisis in a more secure and prosperous place than any other country.
This was the goal of my government, Mr. Speaker. It was also achieved with my colleagues, who sat from the beginning with us.
Staying with the House of Representatives. Scott Morrison has now taken the stage to speak.
He His speech began by thanking the Australian people as well as his colleagues. He He said that he was proud to have served in the government and accused Labor of trying impose retribution on him.
“I thank the Australian people for the privilege to serve as their prime minister,” he said.
“Mr Speaker, I am proud of my achievements in this place, and I am proud of my government. My government was able to face the uncertainty and coercion that a region brought on, and I’m proud of it.
“Australia emerged stronger under my government. I have no intention now of submitting to the political intimidation of this government, using its numbers in this place to impose its retribution on a political opponent.”
Morrison stated that he supported and welcomed the Bell inquiry’s recommendations, which demanded greater transparency-related legislative safeguards.
He He defended his decision by stating that none of his extra powers were used except in the PEP11 matter, where he rejected the offshore gaz project in the resources portfolio.
“On the PEP11 decision, this was done lawfully. And I consider my decision to be the correct one,” the former PM said.
Tony Burke, Leader in the House, proposes the motion to censure Scott Morrison as a former prime minister for failing to reveal his five secret ministries and his cabinet colleagues to parliament, the Australian people, and the Australian people.
He says Morrison’s actions “undermined responsible government and eroded public trust in Australia’s democracy”.
“Today is not how any office wanted to make history,” Burke said. “But censure, while rare, has its place.”
He has said that, should Morrison wish to speak, he should not be confined by normal time limits, “given the nature of it”.
Burke added that the gravity of what parliament was dealing with today “is a censure motion beyond what the parliament has previously dealt with”.
“On this occasion, the conduct of one member prevented the house from doing its job. One member’s conduct prevented the house knowing who was responsible.
“The fact that one member was also the prime minister of Australia means that what we are dealing with now is not just unprecedented, could not have been predicted, but is so completely unacceptable.
“I ask all members to think back to the first moment they heard about the multiple ministries, what their reaction was.”
Marise Perayne and Scott Morrison will be required to appear before robo-debt royal Commission during the next two weeks.
Sources close to the commission requested anonymity so they could speak freely. They said that the former prime minister, former minister of human services, and the former prime minister will be required to appear.
The hearings began in two weeks and featured evidence from a variety of public officials about the scheme. It was originally launched in 2015 in order to collect $750 millions in payments from approximately 400,000 Centrelink recipients. However, it was found to be illegal in 2019.
The government settled a lawsuit on behalf of a group in 2020 and paid out more than a half a million dollars in compensation.
The second block will start on Monday, December 5, and this masthead confirms that Morrison, a former minister of social services, and Payne will both appear in the second block of hearings for evidence.
You can read the entire story here.
Former Liberal minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt says the decision by the Nationals party room to oppose the Voice to parliament is “extremely disappointing”.
Wyatt stated that he had a detailed plan for what a Voice would look to cabinet when Wyatt was in government.
“What is obvious with the National Party is that they have not read the report,” he said.
“And they have not given an Aboriginal Voice to parliament an opportunity to be aired and to be listened to and to be implemented.
“There is no excuse to say you do not know the detail.”
Meanwhile, Ed Husic, the Industry Minister, has made a radio national appearance to defend his party’s decision to move forward with a censure action against Scott Morrison.
As regular readers of this blog will know, the Coalition has described today’s motion as a stunt.
But here’s what Husic had to say:
Government It works best when there is clear information. That you know who’s responsible for what.
I believe that Scott Morrison’s actions are not the only bad thing about this whole situation. The problem is what the Liberals are doing right now. This is a serious problem that the Liberal Party refuses acknowledgement of.
The parliament must state what it considers acceptable and unacceptable. It would be worse to not act.
According to the most recent annual report, the gap between First Nations Australians and non-Indigenous Australians continues to widen in terms of suicide rates and prisoners who are non-Indigenous.
Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians, will present the findings from the Closing the Gap 2022 report to parliament later today.
It will be the first report after the national agreement on Closing the Gap came into effect. This report will reveal that many of the targets are not being met.
An agreement between the federal and coalition of peaks governments, all state and territorial governments, and the Australian local in 2020 Government The Association was formed. It was designed to renew the ways we work together to improve outcomes and outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
The groups came together to improve 18 socioeconomic outcomes, including education, employment and housing, justice and safety, land and water, culture, language, and connectivity.
However, only four targets have been met two years later. Fourteen are on the verge of falling behind and four more are becoming worse.
Worsening targets include a decrease in the number of school-ready kids, adult incarcerations as well as children in outpatient care and suicides.
Current targets include the number of healthy babies born and the number of pre-school children enrolled.