Let’s Unpack the Government’s Anti-Corruption Watchdog Announcement

Former NSW ICAC Commissioner, David Ipp AO QC has said that:

“Its main function is exposing corruption, this cannot be done without public hearings.”

The Hon Anthony Whealy QC, Former NSW Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Judge, and member of The Australia Institute National Integrity Committee said of today’s announcement:

“We have serious concerns that this body will not be able to hold public hearings, and will need to reach a threshold of ‘reasonable suspicion’ of a criminal offence before it can begin. This will rule out all the sorts of corruption exposed by NSW ICAC.

“We do need a tiger as a corruption body but under this model, we may end up with a pussycat.”

The Hon Stephen Charles AO QC, Former Judge of Victorian Court of Appeal and Member of The Australia Institute National Integrity Committee said:

“The Prime Minister’s proposal brings with it the danger that the Baillieu Government fell into in 2013 when the anti-corruption commission they brought in was shown to be a paper tiger because it was afraid of what the IBAC might do if given the proper powers.”

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