Former Australian PM refuses to resign over secret jobs

STORY: Morrison, who stepped down as leader of the Liberal Party after losing a general election in May, addressed a news conference to answer a barrage of criticism from the Labor government and his own party over the unprecedented move.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Morrison had attacked the Westminster system of government by secretly appointing himself to five portfolios including home affairs, treasury, health, finance and resources between 2020 and 2021. Three of the ministers said that they were unaware Morrison shared power over their ministries until the revelations this week. The solicitor general will provide advice on the matter to Albanese on Monday (August 22).

Morrison said no ministers were interfered with except on one occasion, where he rejected a resources project. He said he did not inform the ministers because he would only use the powers in an emergency.