STORY: Morrison, who lost power in a general election in May, had secretly accumulated five ministerial roles during the coronavirus pandemic: health, finance, treasury, resources and home affairs. Three ministers later said they did not know they were sharing power with Morrison.
An inquiry led by former High Court judge Virginia Bell found that the appointments had likely hurt public confidence in government, and said in a report issued on Friday (November 25), that the lack of parliamentary accountability undermined responsible government.
Bell recommended six changes, including legislation requiring public notice of ministerial appointments. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his government would adopt all six of the recommendations.