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Joyce support for Rinehart pet project another example of why we need national anti-corruption watchdog: Greens

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Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - June 4 2018

Joyce support for Rinehart pet project another example of why we need national anti-corruption watchdog: Greens

Reports that as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce lobbied the Prime Minister and oversaw his Department donating $60,000 of public money for Gina Rinehart’s pet project just months before receiving a $40,000 personal cheque from Mrs Rinehart shows the need for a national anti-corruption watchdog to investigate, says Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

“Malcolm Turnbull and his government spent years telling us we don’t need a Royal Commission into the banks and look at the wrongdoing and misconduct they’ve exposed. Now he’s telling us we don’t need a Federal ICAC, which raises obvious questions about why he’s standing in the way,” Dr Di Natale said.

“As Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce lobbied Malcolm Turnbull and oversaw his Department donating $60,000 of public money to Gina Rinehart’s pet project, just months before she wrote him a $40,000 personal cheque.

“The story doesn’t end with Barnaby handing back the cheque. We need a national anti-corruption watchdog to be able to investigate stories that stink like this one.

“Australians are losing trust in government and political representatives precisely because of stories like these.

“Malcolm Turnbull must commit to joining the Greens and Labor and establishing a Federal ICAC to help restore trust in our democracy.”

Greens Democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “An anti-corruption watchdog would also make politicians think twice before lobbying for such payments.

“The Greens first presented a Bill for a Federal ICAC in 2010, so let’s get on with it.”

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