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Government Must Heed Recommendations on Integrity Commission

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tags: Justice, Integrity Commission, Ministerial Code of Conduct

That the House:—

(1) Welcomes the handing down of the first five-year review of the Integrity Commission which explicitly confirms the commission’s role as a critical watchdog against corruption and misconduct.

(2) Understands the first head of the Commission, quit three years into her five-year term as a consequence of the Liberal’s attempts to dismantle the corruption watchdog and refusal to act on key recommendations of the 3 year review.

(3) Notes the Liberals have repeatedly attempted to make the Integrity Commission a ‘toothless tiger’ by removing its investigative powers.

(4) Notes the five-year review unequivocally reaffirms the valuable role and functions of the Commission, including that it maintain its investigative functions.

(5) Understands the Liberals have continued their crusade to undermine the capacity of the Integrity Commission and its powers of scrutiny of public officials by cutting their funding.

(6) Calls on the Government to heed the recommendations of the review and endorse the Commission’s request for extra resources to enable it to perform its functions in a timely manner.

(7) Calls on the Government to also heed the review’s calls for the introduction of codes of conduct for all members of Parliament and ministerial staff.