Labor would bring federal ICAC
CORRUPT politicians, individuals, organisations and institutions would be targeted under a new federal watchdog Labor wants to establish.
At the National Press Club yesterday, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pledged to launch a national integrity commission if Labor won the next election.
He said “the most corrosive sentiment in democracies around the world is the idea that politicians are only in it for themselves”.
“So long as the political news is dominated by the minority who do the wrong thing: the travel rorts and dodgy donors and sinecures where Cabinet ministers walk straight into cushy jobs in the same sector, then we’re going to have a hard time convincing the Australian people that we’re serving their interests and not ours,” he said.
Mr Shorten said it would be modelled on the lessons learnt from anti-corruption bodies such as NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.
It would be independent and operate with all the investigative powers of a standing royal commission.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told media the government was considering the recommendations of a Senate inquiry that looked at the need for a national integrity commission.
“It isn’t something to embark on in a rushed or ill-considered way,” he said.
“Bill Shorten’s credibility on the question of corruption is pretty tattered. This is a guy who has done everything he could to prevent the corruption in the union movement, corruption between unions and business being exposed.”