The Best Reactions To Scott Morrison’s Unhinged Press Conference

"Morrison is ultimately pulling ye olde 'I'm sorry you are offended'."

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Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given a press conference after days of being ridiculed for his decision to secretly swear himself in to multiple additional portfolios during his time as PM and it went about as well as you’d expect.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Morrison appointed himself health minister, finance minister, home affairs minister, treasurer, and minister for industry, science, energy and resources, with many of those ministers — including Josh Frydenberg — having no idea it had happened.

Following days of backlash and calls for his resignation from his own party, as well as other politicians and the media, Morrison has followed up his lengthy Facebook statement with a press conference, where he dodged questions like there was no tomorrow.

Very little was actually revealed in the press conference, with Morrison’s story seemingly changing from the rendition we heard yesterday. Most of the details as to what actually happened, how it happened and why it happened remain unclear but Morrison is now claiming the reason he didn’t make his powers public was because this information could have been misinterpreted.

“I think there was a great risk that in the midst of that crisis those powers could be misinterpreted and misunderstood, which would have caused unnecessary angst in the middle of a pandemic and could have impacted on the day-to-day functioning of the government,” he said.

He also repeatedly stressed that there were not two ministers doing the job, despite the fact that in theory, he did have the power to do so.

“There were not two ministers doing the same job – me as prime minister or the minister,” he said, arguing that the ministers being blindsided was actually proof he didn’t do their jobs — as if he ever did much of his own.

“The fact that ministers were unaware of these things is actually proof of my lack of interference.”

In news that is unsurprising to anyone, Morrison did not resign during the press conference.

For those of you who made the smart decision not to tune into perhaps the most unhinged press conference we’ve seen in a while, we’ve rounded up some of the best reactions.

The Albanese government has launched an investigation into the matter.