- Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to five ministerial roles while prime minister.
- The vote is largely symbolic, but symbolism matters in politics.
- Labor condemns Mr Morrison over the secret power grab.
So how will the vote play out, and what impact will it actually have?
What is a censure motion?
Because the government usually controls a majority in the lower house, you almost never see one of its members condemned there.
In this case, it will add a parliamentary rubber-stamp to what we already know: Labor condemns Mr Morrison over the secret power grab. The Coalition accepts he did the wrong thing, but thinks we should move on.
Do censure motions work?
But context is key in this case; the pressure on Mr Morrison will be lesser because his side will throw their support behind him.
Federal Liberal MP for Bass Bridget Archer, is expected to vote for the censure motion. Credit: Sarah Maunder
How will the vote play out?
The Liberals are expected to largely vote no, dismissing it as a “political stunt” and the Nationals will follow suit. But at least one Coalition MP, Bridget Archer, will cross the floor to vote with Labor.
Former prime ministers Paul Keating and John Howard were both censured by the Senate. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE
Has this happened before?
The last censure motion was passed in 2018, when the Coalition and Labor teamed up to condemn Liberal MP Bruce Billson. But by that stage, the former minister had already left parliament.