Scott Morrison has copied Donald Trump’s corruption strategy by claiming he has the power to declare documents and meetings classified by “waving a magic wand and just saying it’s so”. While on the flip side Donald Trump, who is currently under investigation by the FBI for stealing classified documents, claims he declassified the documents in his head which is almost identical to Scott Morrison’s magic wand trick.
There are still many questions surrounding Scott Morrison’s ill-starred time at the helm of Tourism Australia, writes Jommy Tee. Newly released documents confirm KPMG did not undertake a probity audit in 2005 into the assessment and evaluation of shortlisted tenderers for Tourism Australia’s advertising contracts.
Mr Morrison’s register of interests was updated this week to reflect a new position on the board of the International Democrat Union.
The IDU was founded as an international alliance of political parties from the right to centre-right, but the former PM did not respond to questions about what many observers say is its increasing affiliation with populist, Christian anti-immigration parties on the far right of European politics.
Doug Saunders, international affairs columnist for Canada’s largest newspaper, The Globe and Mail, said the IDU had “shifted to the intolerant far right” as it kept Fidesz, the party of Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orban, among its members.
Morrison speaks on Paul Murray’s Murdoch platform to less than 50,000 Australians and remains symbolically and seemingly blameless and shameless but we know the opposite to be the case. His Pentecostal invasion of the Australian Liberal Party will have long-lasting effects all of which were triggered by John Howard. What has taken over 2 decades will now take just as long if not more to repair. Democracy is a multicultural and secular value. Morrison, the Pentecostalists and LNP betrayed that.
Morrison’s whole employment history has been a closed book. The pages of which he doesn’t want read let alone discussed. What we do know is it’s been one of blunder after blunder, and broken contracts due to failed promise. The failure on Morrison’s side rather than on those who employed him and were left painfully disappointed holding NDAs.
Despite three weeks in which his political legacy has collapsed and his personal character condemned, Scott Morrison is showing no signs of remorse.
Only now have the details been uncovered to show how long it took for the former government to decide the grants. The results are another reminder of the way political ambition now distorts the use of taxpayer funds on policies that are meant to be about the national interest – and why it is important that Anthony Albanese has vowed not to repeat this pattern now he sits in the prime minister’s suite.
Morrison is little more than a grifter whose Liberal Party members watched on without a peep. Integrity is judged not just by what is said but what is not as well. Peter Dutton is currently the leading role model when it comes to not saying what should have been said. At this rate Albo will have a comfortable 12 years plus to repair the damage done in the past 10.
Scott Morrison has left taxpayers to pick up a hefty personal security bill following a “privately funded” trip to Tokyo with his wife Jenny.
Lessons never learned and gutsy decisions never made by the LNP. Remember when Abetz helped send the serial fraudster Damian Mantach to Victoria to continue his criminal habits here simply to keep it hush hush in Tassie. The LNP is reported to have lost millions and gained no backbone.
It could be argued they did the same with Morrison after the NZ debacle followed by the one with Fran Bailey here. Then the seat of Cook and all the way to PM. Morrison was the tin can being kicked down the road. The LNP knew perfectly well who and what Scott Morrison was yet protected him and themselves along the journey.
Trump’s whole history was a model of the social grift serially hiding the past by any means with the aid of all those who’d be compromised if the truth came out. All for the sake of winning while moving forward and always buring Integrity along the way. Trump and Morrison were like Icarus until their protective wax was melted for challenging the sun, they finally crash landed. The real Scott Morrison has finally been revealed and as much as we are all red faced he’s proved to be a serial fraudster like Trump. Mind you it doesn’t say much about the LNP, Howard, Fran Bailey ( ‘I was gobsmacked when he became prime minister’ ). They were all party to the deception even if it meant decieving each other just as was done with the likes of Damian Mantach. Everyone on board protecting themselves like Eric Abetz and crew?
Former Howard government minister Fran Bailey says she forced Scott Morrison out as head of Tourism Australia because of a “complete lack of trust” and has called on him to quit federal parliament immediately.In her strongest criticism of the former prime minister yet, Bailey claimed she felt bullied by Morrison and that he had not consulted her on key decisions as managing director of the nation’s tourism body.
We cannot accept the LNP’s and Dutton’s cry to “forget the past and get on with it”
Morrison is not yet telling the full story. We have no reason to believe anything he says. There is clear evidence of trying to get around the requirements of the constitution and breaking any number of conventions and understanding about how responsible democratic government operates. There’s been a long pattern of this. Morrison may now be dead meat, but the smell, the feel and the taste of his lawless regime will persist until there is a searching investigation.
At last somebody noticed. The LNP under Scott Morrison ran as if it were a GOP/ Trump franchise with Scott Trump Morrison it’s leader icon performer and poor mimic. Even Dutton’s first move was to go to America for instructions.
Former PM Scott Morrison’s incompetence mirrored that of his political idol, Donald Trump, writes Paul Begley.
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.
While this is undoubtedly a disgraceful “trashing of democracy”, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described it, it is hardly out of character for a man who denigrated his privileged position throughout his prime ministership. Indeed, Morrison even admitted his distrust of “governments” at the first opportunity, in front of fellow Pentecostal worshippers, following the toppling of his ridiculous excuse for a Government.
Why is Scott Morrison hanging around? The weekend revelations that Morrison swore himself in to multiple portfolios without notifying the nation has sparked cries of outrage, in the political class at least.
‘Nothing about the last government was real, PM saysPrime Minister Anthony Albanese says there is an ‘absolute need’ for clear transparency.”This isn’t some local footy club,” Mr Albanese says.”This is a government of Australia where the people of Australia were kept in the dark as to what the ministerial arrangements were.””It’s completely unacceptable.”
Sadly the coalition parties have been stripped of talent, and so we could see a Labor government for years to come. That poses a series of future problems. A good government needs a good opposition. Morrison has pretty much made that impossible.
By urging his audience not to trust in the institution of government itself, and by taking his Pentecostal rhetoric to such heights, Morrison is parting with former prime ministerial convention. The congregation may have approved, but his fellow Liberal MPs appeared less enthused. Such indulgences are unlikely to re-cultivate the respect of the electorate.
Can we ever forget the man who won’t ever become a Malcolm Fraser nor a Kevin Rudd who now while still an MP cries “Don’t trust Governments only God” ?
The minds of defeated prime ministers are rarely pretty. In some cases, they are damnably awful places, where ruins accumulate and dust gathers in wretchedness. Such figures can become, by the admission of former Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, miserable ghosts, cantankerous, bitter and resentful. Then come some, such as Malcolm Fraser, who have healthy revelations. Others just go to seed.
“While he noted there were “biological issues” or “brain chemistry” that resulted in clinical disorders, he sought to link the everyday anxieties to a spiritual deficit. Mr. Morrison declared that if people gave into their worries, they were giving into “Satan’s plan”. Scott Morrison
The meek, the weak the downtrodden have fallen in battle to Satan’s Plan. Proof positive that those who survive are God’s elect the “chosen”. Just how radical Islamist is Morrison. Jihad is a central premise in his message to bring on the end of daze. He’s closer to Q than you think
“He said it, We read it, But didn’t believe it. Until we read it in Rolling Stone”
Is a song that might well be applied to the attempted Pentecostalist takeover of the Australian Government. A takeover that’s been stopped in its tracks for the moment but is not yet guaranteed ended. For them, the separation of powers between religion and the state is an anathema born out of multiculturalism and its attended beliefs that need to be stopped. Conversion and forced assimilation their desired path. Morrison’s second coming of Australia. Even Peter Dutton has taken it on as a core of the LNP’s opposition and strategy to divide the Left. Meanwhile, Scott Morrison is ready to reveal his true affiliation with OAN and its Pizzagate imaginings and origins.
Scott Morrison is continuing the Pentecostal agenda in Opposition, undermining the system of government he is still paid to uphold. Managing editor Michelle Pini takes a look at the former PM’s aggressively expanding cult.
Looking back at Scott Morrison and the legacy he left behind.
Where do we go from here with a pulpit-loving, personalized-prosperity preaching Pentecostal prime minister who habitually shirks responsibility, who refuses to apologise for even the most minor infraction to avoid accountability and is quite content to allow his ministers to fly under the radar without the threat of a federal ICAC hanging over their heads? A prime minister who increases the secrecy of government, often legislating or introducing bills to avoid scrutiny of cabinet while reducing the freedom of others, silencing them through litigation and costly secret trials that could result in gaol time for speaking out?
Writing this a couple of days after the most important election in Australian history, Australians did finally find their voices, and in no uncertain manner told the neo-liberal jackals who had come storming into public life that they were finished. Why the most important election? Because Morrison was on a path to Trumpian glory. Surrounded…
Why the most important election? Because Morrison was on a path to Trumpian glory. Surrounded by white evangelicals and emboldened by the sound of acquiescence from his front benchers, he was on a path to immortality. He had no reason to listen, he suffered no self-doubt.
His disdain for conventional behaviour, his seeming inability to act respectfully toward anyone he encountered, his feigned religious conviction all pointed to something deeply wrong about this man, and his government.
He never really saw past his Horizon and I’m not talking geographically
Morrison wasted his time as prime minister. The “miracle” win in 2019 left him unprepared, with little agenda, and just papered over the fault-lines and internal feuds within conservative politics. Whatever the result of the 2022 election, time in power ought not be squandered as it was in the 46th parliament.
He argued the other day, in the context of rejecting a Federal ICAC, that public servants should have no role in deciding where national resources go, or have any sort of oversight of what politicians should do with public funds:
“If we are going to so disempower our elected representatives to do things about what is needed in their communities, then what is the point?”
“We can’t just hand government over to faceless officials to make decisions that impact the lives of Australians from one end of the country to the other. I actually think there’s a great danger in that,” Morrison told the papers.
“It wouldn’t be Australia any more if that was the case, it would be some kind of public autocracy.”
Let that sink in.
This is the prime minister defining the normal operation of the democratic state as a “public autocracy”, arguing that all spending decisions should be taken, unencumbered, by individual members, which, you know, is the normal definition of autocracy (rule by an individual).
As an argument, it is incoherent, but it serves the purpose of redefining democratic practice as autocratic and autocracy as legitimate.
Are we that gullible? He lied to get into parliament, He lied to get the top job. He lied to win the last election, We saw him lie through his first term in office. He is a salesman not a leader and we saw him pitch his illusions, tricks, and copy in plain sight from the get-go realizing that walking among us was not going to work.
He played us about as well as his ability to play his ukelele. Morrison’s whole 3-year term has been simply a campaign for another 3-year term. Meanwhile, his team was left confused, disorganized, and divided rabble. Where was the unity? Where was the man who couldn’t walk with the people? He was always on set with his media managers.
The dial isn’t shifting for Scott Morrison. Until now, the election contest has been characterised as between a man that people don’t know and a man that people don’t like. Now, it is between a man whose election would instantly bring change and a man who is promising to change himself, if just given one more chance.
Apparently, Kooyong isn’t an important seat as far as Morrison is concerned. You won’t find him walking the streets there. It seems he would prefer Josh lost because history shows win or lose Morrison isn’t giving up his job without a fight.
He engineered his way into it and will need to be levered out. If numbers count Josh Frydenberg would easily have 66% hands up to see Morrison waved farewell by a Party who can’t stand him. So Morrison in order to stay would be only too pleased to see Josh gone. That’s why Howard and Costello have been walking the streets there, but not Morrison.
With just three days left before polling day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will deliver last-ditch election pitches in key eastern state seats, after a day in which policy costings dominated debate.
When the fires came, he went to Hawaii. When there were floods, he called in the ADF, for photo opportunities. When a staffer was raped in his party’s Parliamentary offices, the only thing that got done quickly was getting the couch cleaned. As for an integrity commission, he promised it before the last election and has voted against one 31 times.
Morrison calls France, America and Albanese and all verified and consistent reports liars and fake news. Just how like TRUMP is he?
Mr Morrison denied the veracity of the report, saying the government “absolutely complied with all of the issues that needed to be addressed in forming that partnership”. “We understood absolutely what the requirements were and we met them 100 per cent,” he said on Monday.
Australia’s reputation was diplomatically trashed by Morrison’s sting. He lied to both the French,and the Americans by not doing what he had promised while backstabbing Albanese. All in all, he singlehandedly compromised the integrity and reputation of our ADF. All of his duplicitous actions risked our National Security for what? His own personal interest, his entrenchment, and praise. Now he’s even losing that National Security political debate he held to be so precious because he’s the one still lying about what he actually did. The term National Security has actually dissolved to become Morrison Security.
Scott Morrison’s efforts by stealth to secure the AUKUS deal had global ramifications, with the French president enraged and the US president blindsided.
Australia’s own GOLUM…. Imagine what an Integrity Commission would discover investigating his past 15 years. Yes, Morrison plays cricket with sandpaper in his pocket
What’s his name asked Biden ” That guy down Under”? Yes, that guy who wanted all the glory for himself so risked jeopardizing the AUKUS. Only autocrats threaten a nation’s security by not doing what was agreed on with Morrison’s excuse “I thought they’d agree”.
Morrison took a punt for his own political glory and lied to everyone, which made him totally irresponsible, untrustworthy, and duplicitous. He lied to our American, British, French allies, and even us to get the deal done for his sake not ours. To say otherwise is to declare he was smarter and not reckless. He truley is “The Unbelievable One” second only to Trump and look what he did to America’s reputation. Morrison has trashed Australia in much the same way. Now the forever con man having been busted says he will change “that’s a promise”
By waiting four-and-a-half months, the prime minister made AUKUS into a high-stakes, last-minute political gambit.
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed on Saturday that four-and-half months before the announcement on September 16, senior members of the Biden administration insisted that it would only consider pursuing the landmark AUKUS project if it had solid support from both major Australian political parties.
Instead, the Morrison government waited until the day before the announcement to brief Albanese and senior members of the opposition about the plan to build nuclear submarines with the help of the US and Britain.
Just how original a genius is Scott Morrison? His Captain’s Pick of Katherine Deves, a carbon copy of America’s Republican far-Right. His Economic arguments weren’t cutting through so he turned to America’s culture wars and disguised it as a fight for “free speech and women”. But, Scott, “we aren’t America” where only 50% vote and we all do and too many just might see your lack of genius
the growing body of evidence that today’s culture-war issues present a major political opportunity for Republicans. Some key results from APP’s press release:
Women’s Sports: Fifty-six percent supported (33 percent opposed) laws to protect women’s sports at the K–12 and collegiate levels.
Sex Changes for Minors: Fifty-six percent supported (31 percent opposed) laws banning puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and physical sex-change surgeries for children.
Sexual Topics in Schools: Sixty percent supported (34 percent opposed) laws banning instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.
How many times did we hear this from Abbott and he never did. The LNP changed him at a time when only 51% of the numbers were needed to kick him out as their leader. Turnbull didn’t change that and Morrison stabbed him in the back insuring he didn’t have the numbers either. Morrison knew the culture of the party wouldn’t pick a woman as leader even if Julie Bishop had all the skills for the job so it was between Morrison and Dutton.
Morrison then guaranteed he wasn’t going down the same way by raising the numbers required to get rid of him. Nobody has said he wasn’t an operator but that’s all he is. Right at this moment, his intransigent support for Deves has put moderate Liberals under threat and Josh Frydenber is one who’s come out and said he didn’t agree with Morrison’s pick to attract the religious Right Morrison knows only too well. Sharma, Zimmerman and Archer as well can all rot as far as QAnon Morrison is concerned.
History has shown Morrison to be a “gunna” If he gets the job he’s gunna “get the sack”. Rest assured it’s a road well travelled by Scott Morrison whose mates number the likes of Trump, Brian Houston, and QAnon fruit cakes like his best mate Tim Stewart. Scott Morrison hasn’t changed in over 2 decades. He thinks he’s a smooth operator but we’ve all seen he’s not. He’s the very opposite and members of his own party have called him out for it.
Asked about the Prime Minister’s comments during his own press conference in Far North Queensland, Albanese said if Australians wanted change “then change the government.”
“Scott Morrison today said he is a bulldozer. A bulldozer wrecks, a bulldozer knocks things down. I’m a builder, that’s what I am, and If I’m elected Prime Minister, I’ll build things in this country … I’ll build the skills capacity of this nation up … I’ll build people’s living standards up,” he said.
“Any lingering doubts moderate Liberals might have had that Scott Morrison was prepared to sacrifice heartland seats, including Kooyong held by his Treasurer and deputy Josh Frydenberg, to harvest votes in the regions and outer suburbs have been dispelled.
They smelled a rat on Sunday when he pledged to proceed with religious discrimination legislation without simultaneously protecting the rights of LGBTQ students.
Confirmation followed with another, even more robust defence … See more
PM’s claim Tudge not linked to $500,000 payout to Rachelle Miller proved false in letter
“Education Minister Alan Tudge is named multiple times in legal correspondence exchanged between lawyers acting for his former press secretary Rachelle Miller and the Department of Finance in relation to a secret $500,000 settlement.
Despite the Prime Minister’s claim that he “would have been told” if the negotiations involved a cabinet minister, news.com.au has confirmed the correspondence names not only Mr Tudge but another former employer Attorney-General Michaelia Cash and former Liberal staffers
Both ministers have categorically denied bullying Ms Miller during her employment.”
Morrison, when told rent was unaffordable said “buy a house”. Now when the cost of living is unaffordable he’s saying “get a 2nd or 3rd job we have got jobs jobs jobs for sale” or simply ” have a meal every other day”. Has anyone noticed the number of Beemers and Porches out there? “We did that”. Has he noticed the number of homeless,underemployed, and increasingly Covid ridden people?
Scott Morrison is advocating for a real wage cut to make a political point. Perhaps that’s why Seven’s undecided voters gave the final debate to the Labor leader
FACT CHECK 1: “The cost of living is about money in as well as money out, and in terms of wages growth, we’ve seen wages go backwards in the last year – we’ve seen wages flatline for 10 years.” Anthony Albanese, May 8.
It is certainly fair to say real wages growth has been historically low over the past decade. And as Albanese correctly notes, real wages have fallen in the past year.
FACT CHECK 2: “There’s no magic wand to increase wages. There’s no magic pen that makes it all happen.” Scott Morrison, May 9.
So while there may not be a magic pen, it would be wrong to suggest there is nothing the federal government can do.
Morrison is simply saying “It’s not my job” “I’m not holding the hose” proving yet again he’s no leader
What comes out of Morrison’s mouth are “sound bytes” Style without meaning, oxymorons,
By David Solomon Autocracy: ‘a system of government by one person with absolute power’. Public autocracy?
Public autocracy? There’s no such thing, according to my dictionaries, or indeed, Google. It’s a contradiction in terms.
But what I think Prime Minister Scott Morrison meant when he declared (in an interview reported in Wednesday’s Sydney Morning Herald) that Australia could become a ‘public autocracy’ if a national integrity commission had too much influence over government thinking was that absolute power would be exercised by public servants, rather than by politicians such as himself.
It is a nonsensical suggestion, that deliberately, falsely, misrepresents the power any prospective national integrity commission might have, and the way the public service does, can or even might operate. But it says a lot about the unconstrained powers that the Prime Minister considers are appropriate for him and his ministers. Indeed, about the way he and his government have sometimes acted.
Morrison says discrimination against LBGTQIs in schools “isn’t a problem just look at the figures”. But he believes in transgender girls in sports is but,” just don’t look a the figures”.
Morrison will say anything at any even contradicting himself. Catherine Deves has walked back on the apology she made and Morrison guaranteed. Her disgusting and cruel comment about children now stands. Like Tudge will “I don’t know anything about that ” now be Morrison’s response?
Scott Morrison has announced his determination to go ahead with his failed religious discrimination act, without the promised concurrent amendments to the sex discrimination act to protect gay and transgender students.
“We’ve been having this conversation for about the last four years, and on each occasion, it has been presented that apparently students are being expelled each and every day, each and every week, or each and every year. There is no evidence [of that] because the religious schools themselves don’t wish to do that. They don’t wish to do it. This is an issue that is actually not occurring in these schools.”
They may not want to expel students, just threaten them with burning in the fires of hell unless they give up their perverted, evil ways.
And that’s what this bill is designed to do – to protect the right of the religious to abuse and discriminate.
Back in 2017, Morrison revealed the true beginnings of this bill – a payback for losing the marriage equality plebiscite.
Christians, The Blessed Minority, Promise to Rule the Federation.
Scott Morison has pledged religious discrimination laws would still be a priority should the coalition be re-elected at the May 21 poll. However, such laws would be separated from proposed amendments that would protect LGBT students from being expelled. When pressed on the timing of such measures, the Prime Minister said the religious discrimination laws would be addressed first.
Morrison is welcome to support and do deals with Clive’s UAP and Hansons One Nation if asked. “Keep Josh” is starting to sound like a Surrender slogan and Josh has turned to begging in Kew. If Morrison wins chaos sounds the logical outcome.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to say if he will remain in parliament if the Coalition loses the election, and a slew of independents hold power after May 21. The Liberals face an escalating challenge from teal independents in some of their once safest seats, including Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s seat of Kooyong and former PM Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth, now held by Dave Sharma. Mr Morrison has largely skipped those seats so far during the election campaign, amid chatter that he is “toxic” in inner-city Liberal-held seats.
Morrison looks as old and as tired as Trump, a fish out of water thrashing around in the shallows searching for another chance. Looking for a miracle while we stand watching. No, he’s Brian Houston his mentor reliving Houston’s experience at Hillsong
the ALP plan to allow a modest number of lower-income earners to get into the housing market through a shared equity scheme. These have been used successfully in other countries and are supported by various state governments. Morrison backed similar schemes in 2008 and 2017, but now he reckons it’s a sneaky way of Labor grabbing capital gains from the family home. If it was a bigger scheme, one that is easier for people to grasp in detail or it looked more sinister than it is, Morrison might be onto something. As it is, he looks like a tired vaudeville act trying to work up the crowd with material at least two seasons old.
Our secular Democracy allows what they don’t. It has become increasingly obvious that the Separation of Powers and have no place in Morrison’s Australia.
Let me tell you about the most brazen assault on Australia’s secular democracy you have probably never heard about.
A plan by a shadowy group of “prophets” and “apostles” to take over the world sounds like the stuff of a bad airport novel, but it is one of the most important ideas in the Pentecostal movement today.
The premise of 7M, as it’s often called, is that the seven pillars of society have been taken over by demonic powers. Believers have to reclaim control of these “mountains” so that Christ can return to rule over the Earth.