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

Labor will push to make Scott Morrison the first MP formally condemned by parliament in nearly half a decade over the secret ministries scandal, Anthony Albanese has confirmed.
A damning report into the affair, released on Friday, found Mr Morrison had corroded public trust in government by secretly assuming control over five key ministries between 2020 and 2021.
 Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed his predecessor would face a censure motion moved by Labor this week.
“This is about accountability of our democratic system, and whether the parliament was functioning properly,” he said.
If successful, Mr Morrison would become the first MP since 2018 to be formally condemned by parliament.

How Scott Morrison took on multiple ministries in secret

Mr Albanese said cabinet had also given the green light to all six recommendations of the Bell inquiry, including introducing laws which would ensure all new ministerial appointments are made public.
Justice Virginia Bell said Mr Morrison was given a three-week window to meet in-person, but the former prime minister engaged only via his lawyer. 
Her report labelled his appointments “bizarre” and “unnecessary”, claiming he also mulled taking over the agriculture portfolio. 

It was revealed in August Mr Morrison assumed control over five key ministries – health, finance, treasury, home affairs, and resources – without the knowledge of the public or the vast majority of his colleagues.

He did not relinquish control before the May election. 
Responding to the inquiry on Friday, Mr Morrison claimed he had cooperated with the inquiry and defended his actions, noting Justice Bell had made no findings of illegality.
This is a developing story and this article will be updated.
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