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  1 month ago

As the government drags its heels, a better model for a federal integrity commission has emerged

Last week it came to light that the Federal Government has been holding the draft report regarding an Integrity Commission was languishing in Attorney Generals Office since December 2019.

Yesterday the Independent MP Helen Haines has just introduced a bill into parliament that seeks to establish a robust new federal integrity commission and the proposed integrity commission would have the power to conduct public hearings if it believes it’s in the public interest, balancing the seriousness of allegations with any unfair prejudice to a person’s reputation or unfair exposure of a person’s private life.

The commissioner would be a statutory office holder who is independent of government. He or she would be supported by several assistant commissioners to allow for internal checks and balances.

And the body would include a whistleblower protection commissioner, which is particularly necessary given how weak Australia’s whistleblower laws are considered to be.

While this bill needs Government support to even pass at least it might force the Federal Govt to release it's own draft for public viewing.

Comment if you wish.


  1 month ago
I no longer trust Pollies or high ranking public servants. Reply


  1 month ago
Thanks for the read and links. Reply


  1 month ago
After the recent ASIC revelations... I don't think you can trust anyone anymore for anything! Reply


  1 month ago
Thank you for the wonderful information, I agree with that Senator, we need it, it has to be independent of the Government, it needs to be granted powers so it can operate efficient, and also has to be adequately funded, so it can properly investigate. The Liberals cannot complain about the New South Wales One, as it was the Liberal Nick Griner Government that introduced the one in NSW. Time a Federal Government one is introduced. These can also investigate not just politicians, they can also investigate public service officials. Reply


  1 month ago
Thanks as always for keeping us informed on these issues and also the link and I will check it out later this avo. Reply

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