The Centre for Public Integrity’s chair, Anthony Whealy, has welcomed the government’s move to give the federal corruption watchdog the power to investigate anyone trying to induce public officials to engage in dishonest conduct, widening its scope to capture “third parties” in an effort to improve integrity in government. However, experts say the commission should also be able to investigate business figures, lobbyists, family members, and other third parties who engage in serious deception of public officials. The new commission will be known as the National Anti-corruption Commission (NACC).

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