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‘Integrity Commission’ half-baked

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.


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  1. max

    December 13, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    While ever the fox is in charge of the hen house, there will never be a National Integrity Commission.

  2. John Hawkins

    December 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    This is mere window dressing to win votes.

    The operation must be legislated so as to be totally toothless, useless and able to still protect the maaaaaaaaaaaaaates, as is self-evident in the Tasmanian Legislation produced by Wilkinson and Hall.

    Federally it will be exactly the same, and the politicians will all connive to get away with corruption over due process.

    What do these awful people have to hide?

    The Berks are in it to line their pockets, and the sideline gains must be protected at all costs.

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