Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.
“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.
“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.
“Public confidence in the ATO has been severely damaged and swift action to establish a National ICAC will help restore it.
“A proposal for a National ICAC was first considered by the Fraser Government in 1982, but it was the Greens who introduced the first Bill in 2010.
“If the Liberals and Nationals do not move swiftly, the public will be wondering whose side they are on.
“They cannot say they have not had enough time to think about it,” said Senator Rhiannon.