Your Say gives readers a chance to say Crikey what they think of the stories we have published. Today you point your arrows at the governor general and the one who would be king.


Grant Wood writes: Personally, I don’t think… the position should be questioned, but it’s probably not something Labor will pursue as they will want to keep the focus on Scott Morrison and those in the know – particularly those who are still members. For pro-Republic bettors, it is better to paint the GG as an innocent bystander utterly helpless to do anything but comply with the Prime Minister’s demands, thus raising the question of the real usefulness of this role to protect the conventions of the Parliament and Australian democratic beliefs. and traditions.

Brian Morton writes:

Ladies and gentlemen, well, can we say God Save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor General.

Gough Whitlam, 1975

It would seem that integrity and honesty failed in 1975 and again in 2022 – but what a reversal of protagonists! Maybe David Hurley should have taken inspiration from John Kerr’s book and fired Morrison. Convention dictates that the Governor General follow the advice of the Prime Minister. Hurley should stay and Morrison should resign.

Karine Trendall writes: My concern is for the future. If the GG only does what it’s been told – even if it’s unconstitutional – then what protection do we have against future attacks by power-hungry fascist types? I don’t know their actual capabilities under the law, but I do know that the Governor General is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defense Force. After watching the close encounter the United States just had, I was under the false assumption that our system had us better positioned to prevent a dictatorship.

Rosemary Jacob writes: He did the Prime Minister’s bidding and made a fool of himself in the process.

Marion Harper writes: There is simply no acceptable explanation for what Morrison did. So rather than looking for explanations, let’s look at the implications. What we see is duplicity and disregard for the Australian people and for any democratic process. This should be a very real warning about the dangerous fragility of our so-called democracy. We have seen the dismissal of a prime minister elected by universal suffrage by a governor general, and we have avoided it. The constitution must change and must incorporate powers to recall politicians who offend in this way so that they cannot remain in office as there is no electoral process to get rid of them.

Ben Rose writes: Morrison was not a suitable person to be prime minister. His extreme evangelical view of Christianity must have included the thought that God led him to “name himself” on this bizarre scale. Religious extremism is harmful and I say that as a practicing Orthodox Christian.

As for the Governor General, he has compromised himself. He should be an expert in the Westminster conventions and have the character to abide by them. It is likely that he might have thought that Morrison would go public with his first self-nomination. But when he didn’t, Hurley surely should have heard the alarm bells and turned down the next ones. The GG is just a culprit like Morrison but for different reasons. He should resign now or be fired.

Leslie Zammit writes: The GG has definitely been compromised by Scott Morrison. Whether or not he was fatally compromised depends on what emerges from the Solicitor General’s investigation and his subsequent treatment by the media. I don’t think David Hurley had a choice in the matter. As things stand, the GG is quite powerless, being totally subservient to the prime minister on the one hand and the monarchy on the other. Perhaps if we were a republic he would have been in a better position to pass judgment on who takes on these multiple ministries and at least argue that it may not be in the national interest to do so .

Erik Kulakauskas writes: No, we must not give him the boot because once out of Parliament, he will be totally irresponsible. Scott Morrison is expected to stay to face the music – and there will be a number of opera performances to explain. As for that miserable John Howard – telling him that current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese should move on because Morrison has apologized is akin to his response to the media questioning his decision to help the illegal invasion of Iraq: “Recover.” Test this on families who have lost loved ones and damaged (both physically and mentally) soldiers brought back from the war zone who came to nothing. We seem to be slow learners.

Gavin Lawson writes: Perhaps the circumstances of the pandemic should be considered rather than personality politics. The real questions are:

  • Do unprecedented circumstances call for or justify unprecedented approaches to leadership and governance?
  • What is the test to be applied to determine the answer to the above?

John Levet writes: Morrison’s boot? Bloody oath!

George Melville writes: Yes, he has to go.

John Biggs writes: Yes! As has been said, Morrison is the gift that continues to do Labor good.

Patricia Berry writes: Yes, certainly Morrison should be kicked by Dutton. I’m amazed he can’t see that and he does. What is he afraid of? I agree with Bernard Keane that the utter disloyalty Morrison has shown to the party will cause a lot of damage and he will be stuck with it. He needs something to do as I think he will find it difficult to get well paid re-employment. Dutton must remember the damage Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd caused to their parties.

Aine Bennett writes: If the Liberal Party keeps ScoMo in the party, it proves that the Libs cannot be trusted to run a country – and it will be reminded of that in the next election. Get him out of the way now and save face.

Chiara Maqueda writes: Wonderful to see Morrison’s karma running on his dogma.

John Thomas writes: Yes. I so like to believe that Dutton should get Morrison ousted. If nothing else to save face for himself and the party. God knows what else will come out.

John Hammer writes: If the Liberal Party has a backbone, it will kick Morrison out of the party. It’s a shame.

Colin Roberts writes: Well, now we know why he didn’t want anyone distributing Cartier watches.

Keith Greening writes: A simple response from a voter: I don’t care. He was the worst PM I have ever seen (only challenged in my lifetime by Boris Johnson in the UK), and his failures largely stemmed from his narcissistic personality which seems to have given him reason enough for his lies. Beyond that, I only care that he is gone and that the Albanian government closes the loopholes he exploited.

Glen Davis writes: Yes. He has no understanding or respect for those who really administer their duties.

Izan Gill writes: I really hope Morrison doesn’t blame Jenny for all of this.

John Sved writes: The idea of ​​AUKUS came to us suddenly, locking us into a position that I, and probably others, see as totally opposed to our engagement with Asia. Is it now time to ask how much of this was due to one person with additional ministerial powers and a like-minded American friend? Is it past the point where something can be done to reverse this political decision?

Edward Downsborough writes: First of all, thank you for the wonderful counter rant your post puts on the failings of our most esteemed. As for Scott Morrison, it’s exciting to learn he could improve his resume in the dark of the pandemic by doubling the number of jobs he’s been fired from for incompetence. He’s not quite in Trump’s league, but you can’t help but admire his God-given audacity, stealth and hypocrisy, especially after the proclamations of Margaret’s Holy Church sermon Short.

Dr. Julie Shaw writes: Totally agree with David Hardaker. We saw trouble coming when the vision appeared of Pompeo and Marise Payne walking together, focused on conversation. This was early in the COVID period, shortly before Trump’s “China virus” claims. Payne went home and then Morrison demanded an investigation into the alleged origin of the virus in the laboratory. The consequences of choosing this fight have been hard on all of us. Short memories… avian, porcine and other animal viruses have been spreading among humans lately. I’ve seen enough wet markets on Shamian Island (Guangzhou) and Shenzhen – not pretty and quite believable as sources of disease. So grateful that Morrison et al are now backbench MPs; they can’t end too soon in my opinion.

Mark Bayley writes: Thank you for your article. Exposing sycophantic behavior and actions like this only reinforces the position that Australia is the 51st state of the United States, its rulers are merely its servants and the price of a society. truly democratic is eternal vigilance. Scott Morrison shows, once again, that he is only a varlet.

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