Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison will miss the first week of the 47th parliament instead choosing to head to Tokyo for a speaking engagement.
Despite the scheduling conflict, Morrison made it clear that all concerned parties were made aware of his absence before the release of this year’s parliamentary schedule.
“Prior to the new Government advising the sitting schedule for the remainder of 2022, I had already accepted an invitation to join other former Prime Ministers from Canada, the UK and New Zealand to address an international event to be held in Tokyo this week,” he said in a statement to news.com.au.
“Both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition were advised of my intended travel and absence from the parliament this week.”
Morrison will attend a series of meetings with Japanese political and business leaders while in Tokyo and has advised he will be in attendance for the second week of parliament.
Morrison’s most recent commitment isn’t the only speaking engagement that has garnered attention, the former Prime Minister recently spoke as a guest of honour at the 27th anniversary of the Victory Life Centre in Perth where he made controversial comments regarding his distrust of the government and the United Nations.
“We trust in Him. We don’t trust in governments. We don’t trust the United Nations, thank goodness,” Morrison told the congregation.
“We don’t trust in all of these things as fine as they might be and as important as the role that they play. Believe me, I’ve worked in it.”
Scott Morrison says:
“We don’t trust in Governments”.
“We don’t trust in the United Nations, thank goodness”.
— CALE (@cmxdia) July 19, 2022
Morrison also revealed he believes God still has a plan for him despite his recent election loss.
“Do you believe if you lose an election, God still loves you and has a plan for you?” he asked churchgoers.
“Because I do!”
Morrison’s comments were met with their fair share of ridicule from the public and were blasted by current Prime Minster Anthony Albanese who labelled the comments as “nonsense”.
Albanese claimed Morrison’s comments were not befitting of a former leader and that they provided some insight into why, in Albanese’s opinion, “he didn’t lead a Government that was worthy of the Australian people”.
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 20, 2022
“I just thought, ‘Wow’. This guy was the Prime Minister of Australia and had that great honour of leading the Government. And I found it quite astonishing. And it provides some explanation perhaps of why, in my view, clearly he didn’t lead a Government that was worthy of the Australian people,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“I find it astonishing that in what must have been, I guess, a moment of frankness, he has said he doesn’t believe in government.
“And the idea that he’s out there and pressing the United Nations button again, I’ve spent the first two months since our election today, and I’ve spent two months trying to repair our international relations. And that sort of nonsense throwaway conspiracy line about the United Nations, I think isn’t worthy of someone who led Australia.”