Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has taken another jab at Scott Morrison over the three secret jobs he appointed himself to during Covid.
While Prime Minister, Mr Morrison also made himself health minister, finance minister and resources minister, without telling the public, it has been revealed.
Many of his colleagues were also unaware Mr Morrison had taken on the extra roles, and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has suggested he would launch an investigation into the ‘quite extraordinary’ situation.
Ms Tame responded by tweeting a photo of her and her partner Max Heerey with Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny, where she looks disgusted to be in his presence.
‘You see now, we had to stop him from swearing himself in as Australian of the Year for 2022,’ she commented on the tweet, posted on Monday afternoon.
The 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame (second right) scowls as she is pictured with her partner Max Heerey (right), then prime minister Scott Morrison (second left) and his wife Jenny during a morning tea for state and territory recipients in the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards at The Lodge in Canberra
Ms Tame has made plain her dislike of Mr Morrison on many occasions, most famously when she gave him a filthy side-eye glance last January at a function at The Lodge, the Prime Minister’s house in Canberra.
In February, Ms Morrison told 60 Minutes she wished Ms Tame had displayed more ‘manners and respect’ after being invited into their home.
‘I just found a little bit disappointing, because we were welcoming her in our home,’ she said.
‘I just wish the focus had been on all the incredible people coming in.
‘I respect people that want to change things, stand up for their beliefs, and are strong, but I still think there are manners and respect.’
Ms Tame, who is an advocate for sexual assault survivors, took a brutal swipe at Mr Morrison days before the Federal Election in May, claiming he was ‘using’ his wife as a weapon against Anthony Albanese.
‘There’s something very telling about a man who repeatedly outsources his morality to his wife,’ Ms Tame posted to social media.
‘A woman he uses as an object of blame, to ease his conscience about his bad behaviour, clarify abuse, make Anthony — who has a less traditional family — look morally inferior, and so on.’
The outspoken activist, 27, repeatedly criticised Mr Morrison’s handling of the parliamentary rape scandal, after junior government staffer Brittany Higgins was allegedly sexually assaulted by a colleague in a minister’s office in 2019.
Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame (second right), has again made her feelings about Scott Morrison (second left) known on social media
When the story eventually broke one year later, Mr Morrison received a massive backlash from survivors of sexual abuse for evoking his wife and two daughters as he reflected on the accusations.
‘Jenny and I spoke last night and she said to me, you have to think about this as a father. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?’ Mr Morrison told reporters at the time.
‘Jenny has a way of clarifying things. Always has. And so, as I’ve reflected on that overnight and listened to Brittany and what she had to say.’
Ms Tame’s latest snipe at Mr Morrison follows the revelation that in early 2020, he decided he wanted to share power with the existing health and finance ministers, Greg Hunt and Mathias Cormann, to prevent them wielding too much influence over the nation’s biosecurity laws and finances during the pandemic.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (left) and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speak to media during a visit to Monash University in Melbourne, Monday, August 15, 2022. Mr Albanese said Scott Morrison’s actions in appointing himself to three secret ministerial jobs while prime minister was ‘quite extraordinary’
The plan was hatched with the approval of attorney-general Christian Porter, according to new book about the federal government’s handling of the pandemic titled Plagued.
Mr Morrison reportedly told Mr Hunt: ‘I trust you, mate… but I’m swearing myself in as health minister, too.’
It was also revealed that in April 2021 the former PM was sworn in as resources minister to prevent Keith Pitt from approving a huge oil and gas project off the Central Coast where Liberal members faced pressure from climate activists and teal independents.
A concerned Mr Pitt only found out last December when he wanted to move ahead with the project but the Mr Morrison killed it.
The secretive moves were slammed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese who is seeking advice as to whether the actions were legal.
‘This is quite extraordinary. Australians need a prime minister who is focused on the job that they’re given,’ he told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.
Mr Morrison told Sky News he did not wish to comment, adding: ‘I haven’t seen what he has said. Since leaving the job I haven’t engaged in any day to day politics’.