Tuesday, 29 November
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) since 1989, the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has investigated New South Wales (NSW) politicians and public officials and exposed a range of corrupt activities,
(ii) the NSW Liberal-National Government, with the support of Christian Democrats and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, have voted to replace the ICAC Commissioner with a three-commissioner model,
(iii) this change will mean that the power to conduct public inquiries initiated by the ICAC Commissioner will be severely weakened,
(iv) former Assistant ICAC Commissioner, Mr Anthony Whealy, stated the changes have a perception of payback, and former ICAC Commissioner Mr David Ipp has described the changes as scandalous, and
(v) all Australian states and territories have some form of an anti-corruption commission; and
(b) calls on the federal government to support current and sound future research into potential anti-corruption systems appropriate for Australia, including the research led by Griffith University, in partnership with Transparency International Australia.
Question agreed to.