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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 336


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:11): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute, Senator McGrath.

Senator McGRATH: Australia is consistently ranked by Transparency International as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. The government takes a zero tolerance approach to corruption in all its forms. The establishment of a national integrity commission would not better guarantee protections against corruption. A robust multi-agency approach is preferable to creating an entirely new agency. No single overarching body should be responsible for tackling corruption. By dispersing responsibility accountability increases. We have strong laws and a robust multi-agency approach to combating corruption. A range of agencies play a role in preventing, detecting and responding to corruption, including the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, the AFP hosted Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre and the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.