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Old 2nd March 2020, 02:28 PM   #2245
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Of course there's nothing remotely dodgy about this.

Scott Morrison’s one-man cabinet committee an ‘abuse of process’, Labor says

PM has dismissed opposition’s concerns but Penny Wong says it could be used to ‘cover up decision-making’

Labor has labelled a cabinet committee with just one permanent member – Scott Morrison – an “abuse of process” that enables Morrison to call meetings protected by cabinet confidentiality, even if no other cabinet members are present.

The cabinet office policy committee was the focus of questioning in both Senate estimates and question time, where Morrison defended the committee responsible for his policy “deep dives” and dismissed Labor concerns as “trivial Canberra politics”.

On Monday, Mathias Cormann and officials from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet confirmed that Morrison was the only “permanent” member of the committee.

Stephanie Foster, the PMC deputy secretary of governance, told the finance and public administration estimates hearing that Morrison convenes meetings attended by others. Cormann said this included ministers, backbenchers and public servants, but took on notice if it included non-government stakeholders.

Foster and Cormann suggested the committee informs the government’s policy direction including commissioning further work, but decisions are ultimately taken by the expenditure review committee or cabinet itself.

Wong suggested that meetings of the cabinet committee would be protected by cabinet confidentiality, even if no other cabinet members are present and non-parliamentarians are, labelling this an “abuse of cabinet in confidence”.
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