Scott Morrison’s attempt at securing a legacy has blown up in his face

Scott Morrison’s attempt at securing a legacy has blown up in his face

“What’s astounding is the kind of determination that Scott Morrison was bringing to bear.

‘‘What you had … is a kind of Trump envy.”

‘‘Morrison wanted to imitate that in some way to try and accumulate some of the kinds of expanse of executive power that was not naturally allowed under our parliamentary system.”

Many conventions of Westminster democracy, like public servants providing frank and fearless advice without thinking of politics, have slowly declined without much notice.

But Mr Morrison’s secret portfolio scheme was an unusually direct challenge to pretty core principles of democracy.

Australian democracy has always been a form of ministerial government: one person is vested with the legal authority to administer a portfolio and be held responsible for it.

By repeatedly inserting himself as an alternative decision maker Mr Morrison violated a key principle and one likely to feature in a legal challenge over a project he cancelled while secretly acting as the Resources Minister.

The secrecy that surrounded Mr Morrison’s accumulation of power was also incompatible with transparent government.

But a secrecy fetish alone does not entirely explain behaviour he had only recently disclosed.

Scott Morrison’s attempt at securing a legacy has blown up in his face

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