Both the old parties will be given the opportunity in Parliament to bring Tasmania into line with the rest of the country and ensure the highest possible standards of ethical, lawful conduct in public office.
Tabled today, the Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill 2015 addresses serious concerns raised repeatedly by the Integrity Commission.
Tasmania is the only jurisdiction not to have this offence in its criminal code or common law. This is unacceptable and can’t be justified.
The Greens’ Bill would give the Integrity Commission the teeth it needs to do its job.
Tasmanians deserve to know that those who hold public office are held to the highest standard and are not immune from the law.
We hope the Government and the Opposition act in the public interest and support our Amendment Bill when we bring it on for debate next month.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader