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Time's up for an independent, transparent and effective national integrity commission



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MARK DREYFUS

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

TIME'S UP FOR AN INDEPENDENT, TRANSPARENT AND EFFECTIVE

NATIONAL INTEGRITY COMMISSION

Time is now up for Australia to have an independent, transparent and effective

national integrity commission.

Federal Labor led by Anthony Albanese is committed to tackling corruption and

restoring integrity and trust in the federal government and we are committed to the

establishment of a national integrity commission.

Unlike the Morrison Government, Labor believes tackling corruption and promoting

integrity is essential to restoring public trust in government and has today

committed to introducing a national integrity commission.

Last term, the Liberal Government voted against a royal commission into banking

scandals 26 times. Despite clear public support, they had to be dragged into

agreeing to that inquiry, kicking and screaming all the way. They are now doing

the same thing with a national integrity commission, despite overwhelming public

support for such a body from the Australian people.

Just this week the Morrison Government again proved it is not serious about

integrity or tackling corruption in the federal government.

Government senators voted against legislation establishing a national integrity

commission, but were left isolated with the motion passing 35-32.

It has now been nine months since the Prime Minister and Attorney-General

announced on 13 December 2018 they would establish a Commonwealth Integrity

Commission.

It’s been 20 months since the Government claims it started working on a

Commonwealth Integrity Commission.

But the Government’s legislative agenda makes no mention of an integrity

commission, making clear it has no intention of bringing legislation before the

parliament this year, if ever.

Given the scandals which continue to rock this tired third-term government, it’s

clear why the Prime Minister and Attorney-General are not in the least bit

interested in integrity.

Labor’s policy would create a national integrity commission with all the powers,

independence and resources of a standing royal commission.

A government serious about tackling corruption would be picking up Labor’s plan

and bringing legislation before the Parliament.

WEDNESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2019

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