Speculation over Scott Morrison's future as new venture is detailed

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Former prime minister Scott Morrison's registration of a private company has led to speculation he will exit parliament before the next election.

Mr Morrison is the director and sole shareholder in Triginta Pty Ltd, according to his declaration of members' interests.

The company name means "30" in Latin, likely to be a reference to him being Australia's 30th prime minister.

It is unknown what Mr Morrison intends to be the nature of Triginta's business.

Former prime minister and federal Member for Cook Scott Morrison speaks to media during a press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, August 17. Source: AAP
Former prime minister Scott Morrison has registered a private company amid rumours he will exit parliament. Source: AAP

The Worldwide Speakers Group is listed on his register entry as an additional form of income for the former prime minister, with members attracting speaker fees from $15,000 to more than $60,000.

The group boasts speakers such as former United States House speaker Newt Gingrich, former US vice president Mike Pence, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and British comedian John Oliver.

Mr Morrison was criticised when he failed to attend the opening of Australia's 47th parliament due to a speaking engagement in Japan.

During the trip, Mr Morrison gave a speech on the importance of the Quad, the alliance between India, the United States, Australia and Japan, and attended meetings with Japanese political and business leaders.

Mr Morrison travelled to Tokyo with his wife Jenny and the pair's flights and accommodation were paid for by the Worldwide Support for Development, a Japanese non-profit organisation.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signed off in July on a package for Mr Morrison which would provide him post-retirement with an equipped office, an adviser, unlimited postage for official business, mobile phone, a vehicle plus running costs, a driver for official business trips, domestic and international travel expenses and security.

The package is largely in line with that provided to past prime ministers.

Reason for Scott Morrison firing revealed after 16 years

On the weekend, Scott Morrison's former boss revealed why she fired him in an extraordinary interview in which she said she was "gobsmacked" he went on to become the prime minister.

It is the first time Fran Bailey, Tourism Minister in John Howard's Liberal government, has spoken out about the decision to end Mr Morrison’s tenure at Tourism Australia in 2006.

"It came down to a complete lack of trust. 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," she told The Age.

"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 has joined the chorus of critics saying Mr Morrison should leave parliament over the recent revelation he secretly swore himself into five additional ministerial positions while prime minister.

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