La­bor would bring fed­eral ICAC

NewsMail - - NEWS - – Claire Bick­ers

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.”

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