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Anti-corruption push from crossbenchers

Federal crossbench MPs will introduce legislation establishing a national anti-corruption body in coming weeks, placing pressure on the federal government to implement greater oversight of parliamentarians, lobbyists and public servants. Independent MP Cathy McGowan said a 200-page draft bill was being prepared in consultation with governance expert AJ Brown, to be finalised by the time parliament resumes later this month. Incoming member for Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, promised on Wednesday to push for “a National Integrity Commission”, increasing the likelihood of a tied vote if the bill comes to the House of Representatives. Former Supreme Court of Victoria justice David Harper added his voice to the push, writing in Fairfax newspapers on Wednesday that “the lack of a federal anti-corruption agency remains a reason why we have never come close to being corruption-free” …

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  1. Simon Warriner

    November 16, 2018 at 4:01 am

    And this is precisely why we need more Independents elected.

    Imagine what could be achieved if that objective was being actively promoted by a group of people who were prepared to put their selfish objectives aside, and devote some time and effort to improving the standard of representation and decision making in government.

  2. max

    November 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    It will be interesting to see who will vote against a national anti-corruption body.

    Unless a national anti-corruption body is watered down and it’s teeth pulled out it will be the guilty who vote against it.

    Unless we have a national anti-corruption body with teeth, corruption will only increase and our government will be controlled by paid-off corrupt politicians.

  3. John Hawkins

    November 15, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Shorten has promised a Federal ICAC should he be elected, as per my front page advertisement on TT.

    He must keep that promise.

    The Libs, aided and abetted by Murdoch, have thrown everything at him in an effort to “Kill Bill” .. yet he appears to be still standing, and as a cleanskin thus capable of pushing ahead into this most important constraint to Federal corruption over due process.

    The Liberals with their established and rewarding connections to logging, banks, coal, oil and the energy industry will resist a Federal ICAC at all costs.

    I will ask a Federal ICAC to give consideration to my submission tendered by Andrew Wilkie and protected by Parliamentary Privilege asking for a Royal Commission into the links between Abetz, Gunns, MIS and the Pulp Mill, and why money was accepted by the Liberals from Gunns Ltd after Tasmania’s Senator Abetz was made Minister for Forests.

    I had previously written to the Prime Minister and the President of the Senate alerting them to the matter of Abetz seeing fit to send two men to my front door to suggest that it would be in my best interests to lay off him.

    It is of interest that Abetz, after the Gunns’ money was accepted, pushed for and protected MIS scams and the Pulp Mill, both at enormous cost to this State and its inhabitants.

    Only in your corrupt Tasmania.

  4. Russell

    November 15, 2018 at 6:47 am

    This is the chance for Morrison to actually DO something instead of stumbling around in the dark like a fool.

    My bet is he won’t, though.

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