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Australian parliament censures former PM Morrison

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This is not the first time Morrison has been called out for unscrupulous behavior. This is why he is no longer PM.

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Morrison has said his decisions were lawful, and that the decision was necessary in case ministers became incapacitated during the pandemic.

Then why not make that case at the time? Why accumulate the roles secretly? Anyone would think he had something to hide. This is the point he doesn't seem to get, probably because his self-importance gets in the way. A democracy must be open and transparent.

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Yep wearing a mask doesn’t hid his duplicity his corruption and his base moral compass. Should be in jail. Might loose some weight and have time to reflect on his character faults.

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"the decision was necessary in case ministers became incapacitated during the pandemic. "

Logic failure - it would make more sense to spread the portfolios out over multiple people. When one person takes it on, if they get sick, that's multiple ministries out a leader.

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What is up with the liberals and silencing freedom of speech? That is just amazing.

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Also Bass doesn't realize that Morrison was a liberal.

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Scapegoat... who else was involved?

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Where was freedom of speech stopped? Ministers always have deputies to take over for them.

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Where was freedom of speech stopped? Ministers always have deputies to take over for them.

Not the same thing then there wouldn’t be any reason to censure a person, right?

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How to say "I don't know what the word 'censure' means" without saying "I don't know what the word 'censure' means":

Not the same thing then there wouldn’t be any reason to censure a person, right?

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Censure and censorship are not the same.

Censure. express severe disapproval of (someone or something), especially in a formal statement.

"the company was heavily censured by inspectors from the Department of Trade"

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wallaceToday  02:03 pm JST

Censure. express severe disapproval of (someone or something), especially in a formal statement.

Often such disapproval is expressed as a result of someone's free speech.

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The article is not about the free speech of former Liberal prime minister Scott Morrison. It is about his decision to elect himself to several ministries without telling anyone. A power grab.

Why didn't he inform parliament of his actions?

As I said, not necessary since there are deputy ministers and civil servants.

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No, no different

Then why did you think censure meant censure here:

What is up with the liberals and silencing freedom of speech? That is just amazing.

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wallaceToday  02:23 pm JST

The article is not about the free speech of former Liberal prime minister Scott Morrison.

No one said it is.

It is about his decision to elect himself to several ministries without telling anyone. A power grab.

But since you brought it up, voting is a form of free speech, and so would be electing oneself to a position.

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I remember he was vocally abused every time he ventured into a public environment. No country should have to suffer the indignity of such a man as a leader.

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Still no answer from anyone about how Scott Morrison's free speech was censored or even censured.

This is the post that introduced free speech.

bass4funk

01:41 pm

What is up with the liberals and silencing freedom of speech? That is just amazing.

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What is up with the liberals and silencing freedom of speech? That is just amazing.

That is correct. Whether it’s by censoring or censuring or dissenting, that’s what I meant.

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I think you are a little confused, bass. Morrison can still say what he likes. He is not silenced. It is not even about what he said but what he did; which was secretly arrogating various portfolio powers to himself. I don't think any democrat could really condone that.

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Another example of a country that behave like hypocrites.

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bass4funk

the plain fact of the matter is simple enough. It was not the free speech of Morrison which was censured it was his decision to appoint himself to head several ministries without even informing his own party. So, nothing to do with free speech.

He has not been stopped in any way from saying anything.

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the plain fact of the matter is simple enough. It was not the free speech of Morrison which was censured it was his decision to appoint himself to head several ministries without even informing his own party. So, nothing to do with free speech.

He has not been stopped in any way from saying anything.

Seems like it.

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wallaceToday  03:13 pm JST

the plain fact of the matter is simple enough. It was not the free speech of Morrison which was censured it was his decision to appoint himself to head several ministries without even informing his own party. So, nothing to do with free speech.

Wrong. The appointing of himself is a form of speech. And he was censured for that.

That's the simple plain fact.

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Australia deserves leaders like these. You get what you vote for. I see the same all over the west.

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painkiller

Morrison was censured for his actions, not his speech. Making appointments has nothing to do with the action of speech. The article is very simple and clear if you read it.

It won't prevent you from trying to twist it just for the sake of it.

There are laws and protocols about appointing ministers including informing the parliament. He broke those procedures.

His actions caused his election defeat.

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wallaceToday  04:33 pm JST

painkiller

Morrison was censured for his actions, not his speech. Making appointments has nothing to do with the action of speech. The article is very simple and clear if you read it.

His action of making the appointments was an expression of free speech.

This is a simple and clear concept.

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painkiller

Wrong. The appointing of himself is a form of speech. And he was censured for that.

That's the simple plain fact.

A form of speech? Give me a break! I declare myself prime minister is a form of speech. Actually taking office is something different.

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Not just secretly appointing himself to ministerial posts.... Far more importantly, he should be held to account for WHY he did it, in order to virtually imprison his whole country with lock downs for two years, strip citizens of thier freedoms and rights, coerce barely tested vaccinations even on vulnerable people with known issues such as cancer and heart problems, pregnancy, etc. His conduct caused great physical, mental and financial harm to millions. Affected Aussies should begin filing class action suits soon and ensure that this never happens again.

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You are elected to the office not by talking your way in.

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You know what would work in the comments section? Honesty. Apologies.

*”Sorry. I didn’t know what ‘censure’ meant when I first posted.”*

That’d be a lot better and engender more respect for posters if we read statements like that more often, rather than people desperately trying to prove they are right even when they’re wrong.

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