In a bizarre turn of events, former prime minister Scott Morrison has joined in on his own ridicule following revelations he was secretly sworn to five ministerial portfolios while PM.
Social media has been awash with memes and photoshopped images mocking Mr Morrison in recent days, with no job unattainable when it comes to the imagination and humour of the Australian public.
And late on Thursday, Mr Morrison got in on the action himself, sharing a doctored image where his face had been added to make him part of the comedy group Sooshi Mango.
"It’s been fun joining in on all the memes. But there are so many now I can’t keep up. As Aussies we can always have a chuckle at ourselves," he wrote.
His pick of "all the other gigs" he'd been given was him in the hot seat of his beloved Cronulla Sharks, sharing a depiction of him sat alongside Nicho Hynes.
Amid a wave of calls for him to resign as Member for Cook, including from within his own party, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese questioned his predecessor's decision to make light of the situation.
"I think that this undermining of our parliamentary system of government and our democratic traditions of accountability are something that aren't a laughing matter," he told ABC News Breakfast on Friday.
"I'm surprised at the response of Mr Morrison to this but then again I frankly was shocked by the revelations he not only was prime minister but took over shared responsibility for five different portfolios.
Mr Albanese said he was surprised Mr Morrison had not yet admitted to the Australian public that "the wrong thing was done here".
Many others online were also critical of Mr Morrison's apparent flippancy, including Australian writer Carly Findlay OAM.
"Your job is not to join in on memes to have a laugh at yourself. You’re having a laugh at your unethical behaviour. Stop," she responded on Facebook. "You’re not funny."
On Wednesday Mr Morrison addressed reporters defending the move, saying it was "necessary" during an unprecedented period in Australian history.
The response to the memes on Mr Morrison's Facebook page was equally as scathing.
"Clearly you have no clue. This is pathetic and shows your clear disregard and disrespect for the Australian people. This is not funny," a top-ranking comment read.
"You think the running of this country is a joke. Have some humility and say you made a mistake," another said.
Former deputy prime minister knew about secret portfolios, MP says
On Thursday's Q+A, former resources minister Keith Pitt said former deputy prime minister Michael McCormack knew about Mr Morrison being sworn into the resources portfolio.
"We had a discussion, Michael was aware, but my recollection was that he may well have been in the room when we had a previous discussion with the PM," he told ABC host Stan Grant.
Mr Pitt was resources minister when Mr Morrison intervened to block offshore gas project PEP-11.
It comes as Dr Luke Beck, Professor of Constitutional Law at Monash University, said he believes the Governor-General David Hurley's defence that he was unaware of the secrecy surrounding the portfolios was "bull****".
Opposition leader Peter Dutton told 2GB the country wants the saga put behind them and to focus on "issues that are more important".
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