Ministerial Scandals

 

Scott Morrison is all about himself, and doesn’t really care about you.

That’s why when things go wrong – whether it is the bushfires or the COVID-19 vaccine rollout – he doesn’t take charge. But when things go right, he’s the first to take credit.

Scott Morrison doesn’t just apply this lack of accountability to himself – he also applies it to his ministers.

Scott Morrison doesn’t punish misbehaviour, he rewards it.

He’s not interested in what you want or need. He’s not on your side. He’s only in it for himself.

What you need to know

  • Stuart Robert, Sussan Ley, Michaelia Cash, Angus Taylor, Paul Fletcher, Peter Dutton, Christian Porter, Richard Colbeck, Josh Frydenberg, Greg Hunt and Anne Ruston are all Liberal Ministers whose careers have been tarnished, but then rewarded under this eight-year old government.
  • People have died, millions of dollars have been wasted and rorted, evidence has been destroyed – all while Liberal Ministers have been in charge.
  • But, when Ministers do the wrong thing by you, they don’t get the sack by Scott Morrison, they get rewarded.

Stuart Robert

After being dumped for using his ministerial position for private interests, Robert is now back. Despite the Census disaster and the Robodebt disaster, he still has his job and is earning almost $400,000.

Sussan Ley

Sacked after an expenses scandal, but is now back as a Minister and is earning almost $400,000.

Michaelia Cash

Misled the Senate multiple times and wouldn’t cooperate with the Australian Federal Police about an investigation into an alleged illegal tip-off to media by her staff. She has now been promoted to Deputy Leader in the Senate and Attorney-General of Australia, and is earning almost $400,000.

Angus Taylor

It’s hard to stay across all the Angus Taylor scandals. We’ve had Grassgate, Watergate, and the forged documents affair, yet he still has his job and his salary worth almost $400,000.

Paul Fletcher

Is infamous for presiding over the sale of Leppington Triangle land near Western Sydney Airport for $30 million – despite it being worth only $3 million. He also allowed the cost of the NBN to blow out by $27.5 billion. Mr Fletcher still has his job and is paid almost $400,000.

Peter Dutton

While he’s been quiet of late, we can’t forget that Peter Dutton oversaw the Paladin $532 million contract disaster, used his Ministerial powers to prevent the deportation of two au pairs and he ignored a report that warned the money-laundering regulator, AUSTRAC, did not have sufficient powers to prevent money-laundering and terrorism. And, yep, Mr Dutton still has his job earning almost $400,000.

Christian Porter

As Attorney-General he failed to deliver religious freedom laws, failed to respond to the Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment and didn't deliver the Government’s Integrity Commission – yet still has a job – and earning $415,000.

Richard Colbeck

A grossly incompetent minister who failed to act when the Royal Commission into Aged Care handed down an interim report titled “Neglect”, and who failed to act again when COVID hit the residential aged care sector and 685 Australians died on his watch. Even though he was censured by the Senate, he still has his job and his $330,000 salary.

Josh Frydenberg

You would think the Treasurer would be a little careful with money. Especially when we are talking $444 million. But, our Treasurer handed over $444 million of taxpayers’ dollars to a small foundation without a competitive tender process or any application for the money. The Treasurer also voted against the establishment of the Banking Royal Commission 26 times, and then failed to implement its recommendations. The Treasurer earns more than $400,000.

Greg Hunt

The Health Minister has questions to answer about two lucrative MRI licenses he awarded – one to a Liberal Party official, and another to a massive Liberal Party donor.

Anne Ruston

While Social Services Minister, Ruston said any increase in Newstart would just benefit “drug dealers”. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie slammed the Minister, telling her, “The minister’s out-of-touch, inexcusable comments make it clear she needs to spend more time with people on Newstart, who are skipping meals, sleeping rough and going without the very basics in our wealthy country,”


The Facts

We know the facts matter. Here you can find further details about the endless Liberal and National Party Ministerial scandals.

Josh Frydenberg 

Angus Taylor

Paul Fletcher            

Richard Colbeck      

Stuart Robert            

Peter Dutton             

Christian Porter       

  • Together with the former Attorney-General George Brandis, stacked the Administrative Appeals Tribunal with sixty-five former Liberal Party staffers, former Liberal or National politicians, party donors, members, unsuccessful Liberal candidates or Liberal government employees

Bridget McKenzie    

Sussan Ley   

Anne Ruston 

Greg Hunt     

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