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Premier Squibs on Public Misconduct

18 Aug 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Premier today offered no proper justification for Tasmania being the only jurisdiction in the country not to have a crime of public misconduct on the State's statute books.

In Question Time today he made no commitment to accept the Integrity Commission's persistent call for the Criminal Code Act 1924 to be amended to include the public misconduct provision.

The Premier seems to believe Bass Strait is an effective barrier to the kinds of serious misconduct in public office that integrity bodies have exposed in mainland states.

Mr Hodgman is either deluding himself or wilfully obstructing this important reform because he doesn't believe in ensuring the highest standards of conduct in public office in Tasmania.

The question remains - why won't this government give the Integrity Commission the teeth it needs to do its job effectively?

The Greens will table their amendment Bill on Thursday.