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Australia’s former PM Morrison defends secret minister roles

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday defended taking on extra ministerial roles without his cabinet’s knowledge during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it was “an unprecedented time” and that the powers served as a safeguard. Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Monday Morrison had sought to centralise power and that he would seek legal advice from the Solicitor-General, Australia’s second law officer, on the arrangements. Morrison’s actions to make himself health, finance and resources minister between 2020 and 2021 have also drawn criticism from…

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