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Scott Morrison has welcomed the recommendations from the inquiry looking into the secret portfolios the former prime minister swore himself into.

The report was delivered to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Friday, which confirmed the appointments to the handful or portfolios were “unnecessary” as Mr Morrison could have been authorised into the health or finance role “in a matter of minutes”.

It also found the principles of a responsible government were “fundamentally undermined” as the former prime minister was not “responsible” to the Parliament.

The secrecy of the appointments was “apt to undermine public confidence in government” and was “corrosive of trust in government”.

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Mr Morrison said he was “pleased” to assist the inquiry which was led by former High Court justice Virginia Bell.

“I note the report of the Bell Inquiry, welcome the recommendations and thank the Hon. Virginia Bell and her office for conducting The Inquiry,” he wrote on Facebook.

“I was pleased to assist The Inquiry with six separate and comprehensive responses to matters raised with me and my legal representatives by Hon. Virginia Bell.

“This engagement was done via correspondence as was the practice with other respondents to The Inquiry and accepted by Hon. Virginia Bell.”

Mr Morrison appointed himself into five ministerial positions – treasury, health, finance, home affairs and industry, science, energy and resources – from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 to May 2021.

In his statement Mr Morrison stood by previous comments made, arguing he sought to exercise his responsibilities in a manner that would “best advance and protect Australia’s national interests”.

“I am pleased that through these efforts and so many others that Australia was able to emerge from this period of significant crisis in a safer and more prosperous position than almost any other country in the world. This was our objective,” he said.

“I note the criticisms made of my decision to be authorised to administer a series of departments where Ministers had specific powers not subject to the oversight of Cabinet.

“These decisions were taken during an extremely challenging period, where there was a need for considerable urgency.”

The five ministers of those portfolios were blindsided by their former boss’ move, who later said he granted himself the powers in “good faith”.

Former treasurer Josh Frydenberg told author Niki Savva the pair remained friends but their once strong relationship would not be the same again.

He claimed it was an “extreme overreach” from Mr Morrison to seize the portfolios without informing ministers.

Mr Morrison said he has privately addressed concerns of the former ministers and that he is now pleased the saga has come to an end.

“I have addressed these issues privately with my colleagues at the time these issues were reported several months ago,” he said.

“I am pleased that this matter has now concluded and I can continue, as I have since the last election, to serve the people of Cook as their federal member of parliament.”

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