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Integrity Watchdog Cuts Fears

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Saturday, 31 May 2014

Tags: Integrity Commission, Budget Cuts

Proposed cuts to the budget of the Integrity Commission will seriously impact on its capacity to investigate allegations of corruption and inappropriate behaviour.

"The Integrity Commission has confirmed that it could lose over one third of its staff, which will severely compromise its capacity to prevent misconduct and investigate complaints," said Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

"It beggars belief that in the same week that an Integrity Commission report alleging serious public sector misconduct was tabled in parliament, the Liberal majority government decides to attack its budget.”

"With corruption and malfeasance being exposed by integrity bodies around the country, it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant in Tasmania, which requires a properly funded Integrity Commission.”

"The Commission is one of the most important guardians of the public interest that Tasmania has, but it's looking more and more like integrity will be related to the back seat under the Liberal majority government," Mr McKim said.