Scott Morrison vows to Quarantine Australia from Ebola!
Scott Morrison is calling for his role as Immigration Minister to be expanded to cover Australia’s response to the Ebola crisis as part of “Operation Sovereign Borders.”
The Gutter Trash can reveal Morrison’s ambitious plea for expanded powers as the nation’s state and federal chief medical officers meet today to discuss the response to the deadly virus.
Ordinarily this would be consider a medical response, however Mr Morrison let his colleagues know that “he believed” that “he, and his department” could take on a larger role in responding to the Ebola outbreak.
TURNING BACK EBOLA (WHERE IT IS SAFE TO DO SO)
According to our exclusive sources, Mr Morrison wants to introduce strict new mandatory quarantine measures for anyone arriving in Australia from Ebola-affected regions of West Africa.
They said Mr Morrison flagged that a hard-lined quarantine approach could be best run by his existing Operation Sovereign Borders team.
One senior government minister told The Gutter Trash that the Immigration Minister’s approach is “annoying everyone on the National Security Committee because he’s not across all the facts on Ebola”.
“He doesn’t have access to what the chief medical officer is advising the Health Minister,” he said.
A source familiar with the Cabinet discussions said the Immigration Minister was frustrated by the approach of the chief medical officer and the way Health Department was advising the Government.
MORRISON: “OUT OF CONTROL!” SAY COLLEAGUES
Another senior Coalition source said Mr Morrison’s behaviour was “out of control” and his “ego” was “getting in the way of his judgment”.
But Mr Morrison has strongly dismissed the claims from his senior colleagues.
“Complete and utter rubbish. There has been no proposal put forward by me or my department for a greater role in relation to Ebola,” he said.
“We’re just simply doing our job and I think Peter Dutton (whoever he is) is doing an outstanding job on these issues.
“He and I have been working closely on these matters and the issue is being extremely well handled.”
In recent weeks, two ministers have publically pushed backed on incursions into their portfolios.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made it clear she would fight any attempt to cut the foreign aid budget and scotched an idea to develop a homeland security department championed by Mr Morrison.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, meanwhile, was adamant he would not let responsibility for biosecurity leave his portfolio.
However The Gutter Trash can reveal Tony Abbott is believed to be impressed with Scott Morrison’s approach saying that “it makes sense to turn back Ebola where it is safe to do so.”
“We are determined to keep Australians safe. You bet you are ”he said.