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Fran Bailey calls on Scott Morrison to quit politics as former Tourism Australia minister lifts lid


Former tourism minister finally reveals WHY she sacked Scott Morrison after infamous Lara Bingle ad as she demands he quit politics over secret ministerial scandal

  • Former minister for Tourism Australia called for Scott Morrison to quit politics
  • Fran Bailey was minister for tourism when Mr Morrison was managing director
  • Mr Morrison was dumped in 2006 over claims he had no respect for colleagues 

Scott Morrison‘s former boss has called for him to quit politics after he secretly swore himself into five ministerial roles while prime minister.

Former tourism minister Fran Bailey claimed she felt bullied by Mr Morrison while he was managing director of Tourism Australia under the Howard Government between 2004 and 2006.

She ordered then-chair of Tourism Australia board Tim Fischer to terminate his contract amid claims he had no respect for colleagues.

Ms Bailey said the same type of behaviour was displayed by Mr Morrison 16 years later when he secretly swore himself into five different ministries in 2020 and 2021. 

The former minister for Tourism Australia has called on Scott Morrison to quit politics after he secretly swore himself into five ministerial roles while prime minister

The former minister for Tourism Australia has called on Scott Morrison to quit politics after he secretly swore himself into five ministerial roles while prime minister

Fran Bailey claimed she felt bullied by Mr Morrison while he was managing director of Tourism Australia under the Howard Government between 2004 and 2006.

Fran Bailey claimed she felt bullied by Mr Morrison while he was managing director of Tourism Australia under the Howard Government between 2004 and 2006.

Ms Bailey said the last straw was a dispute over the well-known tourism campaign, 'Where the Bloody Hell Are You?' (pictured, model Lara Bingle starred in the 2006 advertisement)

Ms Bailey said the last straw was a dispute over the well-known tourism campaign, ‘Where the Bloody Hell Are You?’ (pictured, model Lara Bingle starred in the 2006 advertisement)

‘What has changed my mind is that all of those characteristics that make up Scott Morrison – the secrecy… the supreme belief that only he can do a job, the lack of consultation with those closest to him – those characteristics were evident 16 years ago, and perhaps we’re seeing the end result of those now,’ she told Sydney Morning Herald

Ms Bailey until now kept quiet for the past decade and a half on why Mr Morrison was sacked as managing director.

She has only lifted the lid since his secret ministerial roles were made public with calls continuing to grow for the former prime minister to step down.

‘Essentially, it came down to a complete lack of trust – and when you no longer have trust in someone who is the managing director of an organisation, you have to move that person on,’ she said.

‘It’s not something that I have stewed over for all those 16 years, but I certainly have become very concerned as he worked his way through the ministry, and I was gobsmacked when he became prime minister. 

‘Because I knew what he was really like to work with, and I think that’s been a tragedy for the Liberal Party and it has been a tragedy for our nation.’ 

Ms Bailey said the last straw was a dispute over the well-known tourism campaign, ‘Where the Bloody Hell Are You?’  

Ms Bailey has remained tight-lipped for the last decade and a half on the reason Mr Morrison was sacked as managing director

Ms Bailey has remained tight-lipped for the last decade and a half on the reason Mr Morrison was sacked as managing director

Prime minister Anthony Albanese has launched an official inquiry into Scott Morrison 's secret jobs scandal

Prime minister Anthony Albanese has launched an official inquiry into Scott Morrison ‘s secret jobs scandal

The campaign cost $184 million of taxpayer’s money and was run by international ad agency Saatchi.

Ms Bailey said Mr Morrison did not disclose why he chose that particular ad agency and ‘point-blank refused’ to share documentation. 

Mr Morrison reached a settlement with Tourism Australia, which included all performance bonuses, when he was dumped from the role in 2006.  

Daily Mail Australia contacted Mr Morrison for comment. 

Prime minister Anthony Albanese launched an official inquiry into Scott Morrison‘s secret jobs scandal.

The probe will be conducted by former High Court judge Virginia Bell who will report back to attorney-general Mark Dreyfus by November 25.

Mr Albanese said the inquiry would not have the power of a royal commission to compel witnesses to co-operate but he expected Mr Morrison would do so.

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