Liberal MP says Scott Morrison should reflect on his position in parliament as Labor flags broader inquiry

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The Prime Minister will today receive legal advice on whether his predecessor Scott Morrison broke any laws by secretly taking on five ministerial roles.

Anthony Albanese has also flagged a separate review of Mr Morrison’s conduct, which has been welcomed by Liberal moderate Bridget Archer, who believes her former leader should reflect on his position in parliament.

The federal Greens are also agitating for a broad inquiry that would also consider the role of the Governor-General and the federal public service.

Cabinet minister Brendan O’Connor told the ABC that “an unprecedented contravention of the Westminster system” deserved thorough scrutiny.

“I don’t think Mr Morrison has come entirely clean about what motivated him,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We are concerned that every time we hear a colleague of Mr Morrison talk about what they know, more and more seems to be revealed.”

Albanese looks up while standing at a lectern, an Australian flag behind him.
Anthony Albanese has also flagged a separate review of his predesessor’s conduct.(ABC News: Toby Hunt)

On Sunday, Mr Albanese said there was no suggestion Mr Morrison had acted unlawfully but that there was clearly “a need for proper scrutiny of what occurred”.

“This was an undermining of our parliamentary democracy, and what the Solicitor-General will advise on is of course the legal issues,” Mr Albanese told Sky.

Archer: Morrison should reflect on position in parliament

Ms Archer is also calling for further investigation of Mr Morrison’s behaviour, arguing Australians deserve more transparency.

“Certainly, I think there needs to be some form of investigation or inquiry around how this occurred,” Ms Archer told the ABC.

“The commentary that we have heard in the past few days would indicate that Australians expect the traditional conventions of our parliament and our Westminster systems be upheld.”

Bridget Archer stands at a microphone at a press conference.
Bridget Archer says Scott Morrison’s actions “certainly don’t pass the pub test”.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

Ms Archer did not directly call for Mr Morrison to resign from parliament as her colleague and former Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has but said he should reflect on his position.



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