Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has defended his press conference appearances after being questioned about his recent record in front of the media in Canberra.
Albanese spoke to reporters in the nation’s capital on Friday to outline the details of the investigation into his predecessor Scott Morrison’s secret ministries.
After making his remarks on the report, Mr Albanese took questions from the assembled media pack, with one reporter telling the Prime Minister he has not “done a press conference in Canberra for some time”.
“And you’ve come out today to criticize the previous government and your political opponents. How does that align with your message of changing the way politics is done?” the reporter continued.
Albanese responded to the question by telling the reporter “are you serious?”.
“That’s a good question, but I held press conferences once a day or twice a day: last Saturday, last Friday, Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Monday, Sunday,” the prime minister said.
“Every day I held at least one press conference, and on at least two occasions I twice held full press conferences with part of the press gallery here present.
“And this week I held a full press conference in New South Wales about the floods. So I think in terms of accountability, I assure you the only office I hold is the office of prime minister.”
Albanese thanked former Supreme Court Justice Virginia Bell for conducting the investigation of Mr. Morrison’s decision to appoint himself to five portfolios between March 2020 and May 2021.
Sir. Morrison was secretly sworn in to the Health, Finance, Home Affairs, Treasury and Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolios.
The bomb’s revelations were not made public until August.
Ms Bell delivered her final report to Mr Albanese on Friday, which confirmed the appointments to the handful of portfolios were “unnecessary” as Mr Morrison could have been approved for the health or finance role “within minutes”.
She also found that the principles of responsible government were “fundamentally undermined” as the former prime minister was not “accountable” to Parliament.
The secrecy of the appointments was “apt to undermine public confidence in the government” and was “corrosive to confidence in the government”.
Albanese stated that he would accept all six recommendations from the inquiry, the most important of which was public notification of future portfolio assignments.