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Integrity in Public Office Reforms Defeated

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Tags: Integrity Commission, Justice, Public Service

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader 

Tasmania remains the only Australian state or territory without a crime of misconduct in public office, after neither the Liberals nor Labor supported the Greens Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill 2015.

Once again we see the old parties banding together, content to pretend Tasmania - unlike other jurisdictions - is immune to the potential for misconduct or corruption in the public sector.

We're lagging behind the rest of the country and there is no argument for us to continue to do so.

This is unacceptable in a modern day Tasmania. It's backwards - and make no mistake - the day will come when this law reform is allowed to pass.

The Integrity Commission called for this important reform last year, and yet the Government is clearly content to ignore their recommendations.

Both the old parties owe Tasmanians an explanation for why they ignored the advice of the Integrity Commission and sat on their hands when it came to ensuring the highest standards of ethical conduct and accountability in public office.