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Integrity Commission Right on Gift Policy Problems

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Tags: Justice, Integrity Commission, Public Office, Public Service, Transparency

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson 

The Greens welcome the Integrity Commission’s investigation of gift policies in the public sector.

It is standard practice in public and private agencies throughout Australia to reject gifts, or gifts over a certain value.

The perception of non-corruptibility is just as important as the reality. We want everyone in the community, including public servants to understand the concept of conflict of interest.

It’s no secret the government doesn’t want a watchdog looking into misconduct and corruption in this state.

It’s vital that Tasmania has a misconduct and anti-corruption commission with the power to check how our tax dollars are spent.

If the government got its way, we’d be the only state in the country that wasn’t investigating misconduct and corruption.

Infallibility in public office is crucial, which is why the Greens tabled the Criminal Code (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill and will be debating it this week.