In many ways, our Federal Parliament reached new lows during its final two sitting weeks.
There is much to write about.
However, one example was Morrison's misleading attacks on the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Though at the time I noted his largely false remarks, I only singled them out for a column topic when his misrepresentations continued to grab the headlines after the conclusion of the parliamentary year.
One such headline read: "Legal experts condemn Scott Morrison's continuing attacks on ICAC as disgraceful and stupid", from the Guardian Australia, as the PM kept on denigrating the NSW corruption watchdog, as he continued to push for ex-premier Gladys Berejiklian to contest the seat of Warringah.
So, today I'll look briefly at what Morrison said, then analyse why he said it, and conclude by looking at the reaction to his truth-stretching remarks.
Last week, the Prime Minister doubled down on his previous comments in Parliament when he called the Independent Commission Against Corruption a "kangaroo court" and accused it of trying to "publicly humiliate" the former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian.
"Gladys was put in a position of actually having to stand down and there were no findings of anything," Morrison said on Monday, in advance of any possible findings by ICAC.
This, of course, was another untruth from Morrison, for Berejiklian resigned voluntarily.
As premier, she had a ruling that any MP who is a major subject of an investigation must stand aside, but not that they should resign.
So, the PM is telling a huge porky by saying that Ms Berejiklian 'had to' resign from office.
At the core of Morrison's bluster is his failure to introduce a federal integrity commission.
A draft emerged when Christian Porter was Attorney-General.
This was seen by all and sundry as being woefully inadequate.
Since Michaelia Cash replaced Porter as Attorney-General, it has been gathering dust.
"One thousand days is a really long time in politics, yet that's how long it's been since the Morrison government promised a federal corruption watchdog. Since then, the promises have remained empty, the government has failed to introduce legislation," wrote Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters.
The reason why Morrison has not introduced the draft integrity bill into Parliament "is because he fears it would be drastically amended in both houses", wrote The Saturday Paper.
The Liberals' most marginal seat-holder, Bridget Archer in the Tasmanian electorate of Bass, crossed the floor last week to support independent Helen Haines's robust integrity commission bill.
This gave the bill the numbers to be passed, with the support of Labor and the crossbench.
The government used a technicality to block it, which it could not do to stop its own bill being strengthened.
As Crikey's political editor Bernard Keane wrote: "It's difficult to overstate how passionately Morrison hates the idea of accountability, or any system or standard against which he can be assessed that he doesn't control. He passionately loathes it".
Legal experts have labelled Scott Morrison's latest attacks on the NSW corruption watchdog "disgraceful" and "stupid".
The chair of the Centre for Public Integrity and former NSW supreme court judge, Anthony Whealy, criticised Morrison for dismissing the serious issues raised by the ICAC inquiry.
"Even those who admire Berejiklian realise there has to be a serious inquiry into the situation that arose ... in unloading millions of dollars of public money into the Wagga electorate at the same time she was in a relationship with the member for Wagga," he said.
Whealy said calling it a kangaroo court showed the Prime Minister "had no idea what NSW ICAC legislation says, because it is not a court at all".
"It's an investigative body that is precisely the same as a royal commission. No one suggested that the royal commissions into banking or trade unions, or aged care were kangaroo courts, and they were conducted in public," he said.
The Law Council of Australia has called for "moderation in the debate over the proposed federal anti-corruption commission" after Morrison's "kangaroo court" comment last week.
As well as the Helen Haines proposal, the Australian Greens have had a proposal on the books for some time.
The Senate several months ago passed Senator Waters' bill for a strong, independent, transparent National Integrity Commission.
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