Anti-Corruption Drive – ALP to announce support for federal ICAC

Labor will commit to a federal integrity commission if the party wins the next federal election.

The commitment, to be announced by Bill Shorten in a scene-setting speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday, is an acknowledgement that Australian voters are disaffected with politics and want additional measures to clean up the system.

But before the speech was even delivered, Malcolm Turnbull attacked Shorten’s credibility, declaring the Labor leader was no anti-corruption “warrior”.

“I have to say, though, you know, Bill Shorten’s credibility on the question of corruption is pretty tattered,” the prime minister told reporters.

But Turnbull did not rule out the government adopting an integrity commission as policy. He said the government was considering a Senate inquiry into an integrity commission and the government was looking at its response.

Opposition leader – Bill Shorten
“I’m looking at it, we are reviewing the report,” he said. “Obviously in anything like that the devil will always be in the detail.

“As we all know, if you look around the states and territories, the Independent Commission Against Corruption – some of the ICACs have worked better than others.

“So, there is a lot of experience to learn from. It isn’t something to embark on in a rushed or ill-considered way.”

Tuesday’s Guardian Essential poll put Labor in an election-winning position on the two-party-preferred measure, and suggested voters were preoccupied by rising energy costs and cost of living pressures.


Originally published in The Guardian Australia – 30-1-2018.  https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/30/labor-promises-federal-integrity-commission-if-it-wins-the-next-election

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