Anthony Albanese has lashed out at the coalition for its “abuse” of public service on Election Day, saying it shattered janitorial conventions by pressuring officials to release news of the arrival of an asylum-seeker boat.
Home Secretary Mike Pezzullo on Friday released a report on events on May 21 which found that “pressure was being exerted on officials” to make a statement on the arrival.
The boat was intercepted near Christmas Island en route from Sri Lanka to Australia before eventually turning around.
The Prime Minister said Mr Pezzullo acted appropriately that day in the face of pressure from the coalition.
“This was the latest act by the Morrison government in destroying the convention and attempting to abuse the relationship with the civil service,” he told Sky News on Sunday.
“It was a shameful event that should not have happened and it should never happen again.”
Anthony Albanese has blasted the coalition for its “abuse” of public service on Election Day after Scott Morrison pressured officials to inform Australians about an asylum seeker boat
Mr Albanese said the government would consider changing janitorial conventions so information would only be released when lives were threatened.
“The point here is that the word convention is based on an element of decency and goodwill,” he said.
“The government’s actions that day were disrespectful. It was opportunistic, it was unprincipled, it was unprecedented and it shouldn’t have happened.’
Former Home Secretary Karen Andrews put pressure on officials while the operation on the water was still ongoing, Mr Pezzullo noted.
Ms Andrews said on Saturday there was no breach of caretaker conventions, which ensure a bipartisan approach to the nation’s government once an election is called.
“I was asked by the Prime Minister to make the statement and that’s exactly what I did,” she said.
She said she wanted a statement that “stands in the facts” and that it was a “lawful request”.
“It was a shameful event that should not have happened and it should never happen again,” Mr Albanese said of Mr Morrison
The previous government also wanted “selected journalists” to have information about boat interceptions, which Mr Pezzullo denied at the time, saying it must not happen “under any circumstances”.
Officials also turned down requests to “amplify” the news by posting it on social media.
After the statement was published on the Australian Border Force website, text messages were sent out by the Liberal Party urging Australians to vote Liberals to “secure our borders”.
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