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Government Backs Down on Gutting Integrity Commission

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Tags: Justice, Integrity Commission, Integrity

NIck McKim MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

The Attorney General temporarily backed down from her policy of removing the investigative functions of the Integrity Commission by indicating that she will “do nothing” until the completion of an independent five year review which has not even commenced yet.

This is a welcome temporary reprieve for the Integrity Commission, but worringly the Liberals’ policy to gut the Integrity Commission’s investigative functions remains a threat in the medium term.

Dr Goodwin should just accept that her policy of turning the Integrity Commission into a toothless tiger would in effect be encouraging public sector corruption in Tasmania.

Dr Goodwin would be well advised to permanently walk away from her plan to remove the investigative functions of the Integrity Commission.