|I’m pleased that the Federal Government has finally come to the table on establishing a national integrity commission. But the plan that the Prime Minister announced today is fundamentally flawed and entirely unacceptable.
For example the public sector integrity division, which will investigate parliamentarians and their staff, can only investigate a specific set of criminal offences and can’t make findings of corruption, which is just bizarre.
Moreover an MP can only be referred by a particular agency and there’s no way for the public to refer someone – and there’ll be no public hearings at all meaning the Commission will operate behind closed doors.
There’s also nothing in the way of whistleblower protection which is an essential part of any national integrity reform.
The community are sick and tired of dodgy behaviour in Canberra. They want to see real action to tackle corruption – not just a pretence or half-baked measures.
The Government must now listen to the community in their “public consultation” process. I’ll certainly be making a submission and encourage everyone to let the Government know that this is a start, but nowhere near good enough.