Australia To Investigate Ex-PM Morrison

Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • On Tues., Australian PM Anthony Albanese announced a new investigation into former PM Scott Morrison, who's accused of secretly appointing himself to five ministries during the COVID pandemic.

  • While the time frame and nature of the upcoming inquiry are still to be determined, the cabinet has stated it will be a legal investigation to consider the "implications" of Morrison's actions.

The Spin

Left narrative

Despite Morrison claiming his parallel, secret cabinet was established due to exceptional scenarios during the COVID pandemic, it's clear these moves have deepened the gradual weakening of the Australian democracy. This must serve as a warning for Australia to repair its democratic safeguards.

Right narrative

While Morrison's actions were disturbing, there's too much hypocrisy and dishonesty in deeming him a despot or a dictator. All Australian governments have been guilty of overreach, and it's nonsensical to claim this move did any more damage to Australian democracy, especially compared to how citizens were confined to their homes by the government during COVID.

Nerd narrative

There's a 42% chance that the Coalition will win the next Australian federal election, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Political split



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