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By Laura Fox For Mailonline
Published: 14:20 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 14:25 EDT, 3 November ..

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By Laura Fox For Mailonline

Published: 14:20 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 14:25 EDT, 3 November 2017

She's been getting over her heartbreak after being rejected by her ex James 'Arg' Argent in Wednesday's episode of TOWIE.

And Gemma Collins seemed to be taking some time out for herself on Friday, as she shared a sassy Instagram video with fans of her reclining on a sunbed.

The 36-year-old reality TV star looked incredible in the curve-tastic black swimsuit, telling fans that she was just 'loving life' in light her pain.

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Getting away: TOWIE star Gemma Collins showed her ex James 'Arg' Argent what he was missing on Friday as she shared an Instagram snap relaxing on her sunbed

Getting away: TOWIE star Gemma Collins showed her ex James 'Arg' Argent what he was missing on Friday as she shared an Instagram snap relaxing on her sunbed

In the relaxed video, Gemma told her fans: 'Hi everyone this is a Friday message from me. I hope you’re all loving life right now in the UK. But I’m just chilling here on my sunbed loving life. I’ll be back soon!'

While Gemma did not reveal where she was, the curvy beauty seemed to be somewhere that was basking in the sunshine.

Gemma also posted a separate snap of her sunbed body clad in a skintight black swimsuit with the caption 'Holidays! Defo gonna bring out a curve swim wear range next year!'

Stunning: The blonde beauty showcased her curved physique in the skintight black swimsuit in a sassy Instagram snapStunning: The blonde beauty showcased her curved physique in the skintight black swimsuit in a sassy Instagram snap

Stunning: The blonde beauty showcased her curved physique in the skintight black swimsuit in a sassy Instagram snap

Moving on: Gemma shared a quick Friday message for her followers on Friday, saying that she would be back soonMoving on: Gemma shared a quick Friday message for her followers on Friday, saying that she would be back soon

Moving on: Gemma shared a quick Friday message for her followers on Friday, saying that she would be back soon

Mystery location: The blonde beauty kept mum on the holidaying spot, although it was clear she basking in the autumn sunshineMystery location: The blonde beauty kept mum on the holidaying spot, although it was clear she basking in the autumn sunshine

Mystery location: The blonde beauty kept mum on the holidaying spot, although it was clear she basking in the autumn sunshine

Relaxed: Gemma seemed keen to get away after being rejected by her former flame Arg, which viewers painfully witness during Wednesday's TOWIERelaxed: Gemma seemed keen to get away after being rejected by her former flame Arg, which viewers painfully witness during Wednesday's TOWIE

Relaxed: Gemma seemed keen to get away after being rejected by her former flame Arg, which viewers painfully witness during Wednesday's TOWIE

Gemma was feeling the heartbreak on Wednesday after she was rejected by her ex-flame Arg, taking to Instagram toshare a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about the end of their romance.

The reality star's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time – but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton – ignoring Gemma's posts.

In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg – but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back together.

Way back when: TOWIE's Gemma Collins was not deterred following Wednesday's airing as she took to Instagram to share a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about their romanceWay back when: TOWIE's Gemma Collins was not deterred following Wednesday's airing as she took to Instagram to share a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about their romance

Way back when: TOWIE's Gemma Collins was not deterred following Wednesday's airing as she took to Instagram to share a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about their romance

After the scenes aired, she took to Instagram to share a series of incredibly sweet snaps of the couple dating back six years, some of which they were seen kissing, sunbathing and cosying up during sun-drenched holidays.

The stunning star has made no secret of her recent feelings for the hunk, who she dated on and off for seven years, yet she seemed content on the conclusion of the romance as she posted an array of lengthy captions.

She penned: 'Guys we all have to shut the book in life just happy times reflecting on that you just have to say goodbye too but just happy memories… We all started out together 6 years ago and noone outside the Towie bubble will get it…

Back then: Gemma's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time - but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton - ignoring Gemma's postsBack then: Gemma's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time - but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton - ignoring Gemma's posts

Back then: Gemma's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time – but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton – ignoring Gemma's posts

Hold on: In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg - but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back togetherHold on: In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg - but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back together

Hold on: In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg – but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back together

Keeping quiet: Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his NanKeeping quiet: Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his Nan

Keeping quiet: Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his Nan

'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it’s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories…

'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you… Happy times… It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I’m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won’t change…

'Happy memories… just wanted to share some memories tonight with you all but you do have to let go #newbeginingsahead… So young back then I was 30 in this picture but felt 15 life was just so different back then'.

Happy days: 'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it¿s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories'Happy days: 'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it¿s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories'

Happy days: 'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it’s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories'

Not going: 'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you... Happy times... It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I¿m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won¿t change'Not going: 'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you... Happy times... It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I¿m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won¿t change'

Not going: 'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you… Happy times… It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I’m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won’t change'

Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his Nan, as he wrote: 'I do love my Nanny Brighton so much! As each year goes on, She gets a bit crazier but I wouldn't change her for the world! X'

On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma to move on from Arg , after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former lovers.

While the bubbly blonde said no, she did admit she feels Arg is 'in denial' about his feelings – after the hunk himself confessed he 'missed' Gemma if he didn't see her for a few days.

She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial.'

Sad times: She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial'Sad times: She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial'

Sad times: She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial'

Sad times: Gemma was feeling nostalgic in her series of snapsSad times: Gemma was feeling nostalgic in her series of snaps

Sad times: Gemma was feeling nostalgic in her series of snaps

Heartbroken: On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma Collins to move on from James 'Arg' Argent, after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former loversHeartbroken: On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma Collins to move on from James 'Arg' Argent, after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former lovers

Heartbroken: On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma Collins to move on from James 'Arg' Argent, after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former lovers

Divided: However, while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for Arg (above), others urged the pair to get back togetherDivided: However, while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for Arg (above), others urged the pair to get back together

Divided: However, while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for Arg (above), others urged the pair to get back together

Working through it: As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on' Working through it: As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on' 

Working through it: As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on'

Admitting she needed some time away, Gemma then added: 'Arg doesn't know but I'm leaving for Tenerife tonight. I need to clear my head.'

Later seeking advice from her close friend and resident relationship guru Chloe Sims, the straight-talking salon owner told her that she doesn't see Gemma and Arg continuing their friendship after their dalliances.

She said: 'I just don't believe its natural to be as close as you two are, when you've had feelings and sex. I don't think it can ever work.'

Help: Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby Norris' take on the situation - who let slip her trip to TenerifeHelp: Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby Norris' take on the situation - who let slip her trip to Tenerife

Help: Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby Norris' take on the situation – who let slip her trip to Tenerife

Emotional: With encouragement from Bobby, Arg decided to pay Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands - but the encounter only made things worse Emotional: With encouragement from Bobby, Arg decided to pay Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands - but the encounter only made things worse 

Emotional: With encouragement from Bobby, Arg decided to pay Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands – but the encounter only made things worse

As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on.'

Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby's take on the situation – who let slip her trip to Tenerife.

With encouragement from Bobby, Arg later paid Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands – but the encounter only made things worse.

Confused: She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex'Confused: She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex'

Confused: She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex'

Fighting feelings: Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else'Fighting feelings: Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else'

Fighting feelings: Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else'

Getaway: She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her - but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyedGetaway: She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her - but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyed

Getaway: She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her – but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyed

She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex.'

Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else.

'What we have is so special. You're the one person I keep caring for. I just wish one day you'll see sense and be with me. If there's one thing in life that would complete me, its being with you.'

Honest: 'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good'Honest: 'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good'

Honest: 'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good'

Time to go: Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her handsTime to go: Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her hands

Time to go: Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her hands

Difficult: Arg was left stood on the street, disheartenedDifficult: Arg was left stood on the street, disheartened

Difficult: Arg was left stood on the street, disheartened

She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her – but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyed.

'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good.'

Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her hands, leaving Arg disheartened.

However, viewers were left divided by the encounter – with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for him.

Confused: Viewers were left divided by the encounter - with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for himConfused: Viewers were left divided by the encounter - with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for him

Confused: Viewers were left divided by the encounter – with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for him

Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect match.

One kicked things off by writing: 'I wish they would just bang their heads together and get with each other!'

While another added: 'Can gem and arg just get together already..the tooing and froing making me dizzy'

Other fans soon chimed in with the same, writing: 'Slyly want Arg and Gemma to get together…', 'Seriously can arg and gemma get together already? ffs' and 'Can Arg and Gemma just get back together already!'

Reunion: Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect matchReunion: Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect match

Reunion: Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect match

However, other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity', as she can do far better than Arg.

One wrote furiously: 'OMG this is so painful to watch, how DARE a foolish man have GC putting her heart on a sleeve like that'

While another added: 'Gemma is like a little girl when she talks to Arg. Bless. I really hope she gets over him for her own benefit and sanity.'

Others blasted Arg for not reciprocating her feelings, writing: 'Seriously what makes Arg think that he’s going to get better than Gemma?', 'Gem you're way to good for him' and 'Arg just let the best thing that could've happened to him go. What a fool.'

Disagreement: However, a number of other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity'Disagreement: However, a number of other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity'

Disagreement: However, a number of other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity'

Furious: Others questioned why Arg felt he could 'do better' than the blondeFurious: Others questioned why Arg felt he could 'do better' than the blonde

Furious: Others questioned why Arg felt he could 'do better' than the blonde

Another fan pleaded with Gemma to move on, adding: 'I do feel sorry for Gemma but she needs to just forget about arg in that way and try find someone better.'

While another wanted the drama to stop altogether, interjecting: 'So shocked at Gemma this Arg and Gemma thing needs to really stop asap someone is really going to get hurt.'

However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice – and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'.

Get over it: However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice - and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'Get over it: However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice - and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'

Get over it: However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice – and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'

One wrote: 'Omg I don't think Gemma can get any more desperate,' while another added: 'Gemma needs to get TF off and stop obsessing over a lil boy'

A further fan firmly sided with Arg, writing: 'Gemma that was embarrassing so desperate. Well done Arg.'

Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy Mallet.

Next up: Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy MalletNext up: Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy Mallet

Next up: Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy Mallet

Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlook.

She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff.'

Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it.

Emotional: Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlookEmotional: Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlook

Emotional: Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlook

Confused: She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff'Confused: She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff'

Confused: She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff'

'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me.'

Her doubts appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell.

He said: 'Georgia's got this thing about not knowing what she wants in terms of kids and engagement. She got upset about it.'

Stressful: Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it'Stressful: Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it'

Stressful: Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it'

Opening up: Before adding, as her friends became emotional too: 'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me'Opening up: Before adding, as her friends became emotional too: 'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me'

Opening up: Before adding, as her friends became emotional too: 'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me'

A little help from his friends: Georgia appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' BlackwellA little help from his friends: Georgia appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell

A little help from his friends: Georgia appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell

Venting his confusion, he said in frustration: 'This is one thing in life I just don't know what to tell her! What the f*** do I tell her?', at which his mates encouraged him to reassure her and state his own thoughts out loud.

Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensions.

Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone.'

Before adding reassuringly: 'I will support you in whatever you want to do, 100%.'

Loved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensionsLoved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensionsLoved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensionsLoved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensions

Loved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensions

No pressure: Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone'No pressure: Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone'

No pressure: Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone'

However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completely.

In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to her.

She said: 'When we're together its normal, so it's hard. We just need to cut each other off.

Over for good: However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completelyOver for good: However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completely

Over for good: However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completely

Hurting: In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to herHurting: In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to her

Hurting: In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to her

'We can never be friends. It has to be all or nothing, and I think its best if its nothing.'

Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me.'

Taken aback, Dan explained of his actions: 'I do, I do, it's just not the right time.'

Wanting to get away, Amber simply responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on from this weird situation is to cut each other off completely,' before storming off.

Tense: Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me'Tense: Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me'

Tense: Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me'

Taking a stand: After Dan explained their romance had come 'at the wrong time', Amber  responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on  is to cut each other off completely' and stormed offTaking a stand: After Dan explained their romance had come 'at the wrong time', Amber  responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on  is to cut each other off completely' and stormed off

Taking a stand: After Dan explained their romance had come 'at the wrong time', Amber responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on is to cut each other off completely' and stormed off

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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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