The Loop: Report finds secret ministries ‘caustic’, arrest in Toyah Cordingley case, Waratah coal mine verdict

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An investigation of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s secret move appointing himself to joint control of several ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic was released.

Former Supreme Court Justice Virginia Bell’s investigation found that the move was “corrosive” to trust in the government.

The bell survey has recommended new laws that would require public notice of the appointment of ministers to an office, including temporary appointments, and departments to publish lists of ministers appointed to administer them.

Speaking from Canberra today, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Mr Morrison was “misleading Parliament every single day”.

Sir. Morrison secretly appointed himself to manage several ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in one case used the powers to override a minister in a matter unrelated to the pandemic.

Ms Bell refuted earlier claims by Mr Morrison that he gave himself powers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying self-appointments to the Treasury, Home Affairs and Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolios had “slightly about any connection to pandemic”.

What else happens

  • Police in India arrested the main suspect in alleged murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley in 2018. The 24-year-old was walking her dog alone at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, when she was killed. A $1 million reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of former Innisfail nurse Rajwinder Singh.
  • Adam Bandt’s office confirmed the Greens leader has met with the Australian Federal Police to discuss the senator Lidia Thorpe’s unknown relationship with a former bikie manager. Senator Thorpe admitted as much last month she briefly dated the former leader of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang in Victoria.
  • That was decided by a court in Queensland Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal Mine violates the human rights of future generations. It is the first time a group has successfully argued that coal from a mine would affect human rights by contributing to climate change.

News you may have missed

More than 1,000 Qantas domestic flight attendants have voted for strike after being asked to work longer shifts and have shorter break times.

The Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia said 99 per cent of the votes received were in favor of industrial action.

Possible strikes could threaten domestic travel plans over Christmas.

Here’s what Australia has been searching for online

Where to vote. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Liberal Leader Matthew Guy are making their final pitches to the electorate for which the state is preparing go to the polls tomorrow.

A composite image of Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy, both looking concerned.
Data from the Victorian Electoral Commission shows more than one in three eligible Victorians have already voted.(AAP: Diego Fedele/Joel Carrett)

Powerball wins. A resident of New South Wales has won $50 million. But the phone calls to the registered ticket holder have remained unanswered so far.

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