By David Crowe, originally published on November 2nd 2020. A clash in Parliament is set to decide the powers of a new federal corruption watchdog after the Morrison government released draft laws that fall short of calls for public hearings into political scandals. Attorney-General Christian Porter launched six months of public consultation on Monday by… Read More
By Harley Dennett, originally published by the Canberra Times on 19 November 2020. Federal politicians and their inner circles will have even more scope to hide from scrutiny according to legal analysis of the proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission. New secrecy provisions prohibit the commissioners from reporting on any evidence, findings or recommendations relating to parliamentarians… Read More
Originally published by Sky News on 3 November 2020. Former Assistant Commissioner to the NSW ICAC Anthony Whealy QC says the whole role of an anti-corruption body like the proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission is to uncover corruption and “expose it publicly”. It comes as Attorney-General Christian Porter unveiled the Morrison government’s plan for the integrity… Read More
This story produced by Chris Gillett. Originally posted on the 16th of November. With massive infrastructure projects underway around the country there’s more concern than ever about whether taxpayers are getting value for money. A police investigation is underway to determine why a federal department spent $30 million for a block of land valued at… Read More
By Adele Ferguson, Matt O’Sullivan and Chris Gillett, originally published NOVEMBER 16, 2020. The NSW government paid three times as much as the Valuer-General’s estimate for a parcel of highly contaminated land near Parramatta that earned a Sydney property developer a $15 million windfall in a matter of months. In a series of transactions that has sparked calls for… Read More
Editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald, originally published on 26 November 2020. Memories of the NSW government compulsorily acquiring homes in Sydney’s inner west several years ago for the $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway project will remain raw for many of those whose lives were upended as a result. Many of those ejected had been living… Read More
By Royce Miller, originally published by The Age on 13 November. Twelve years ago then Victorian Labor premier John Brumby pronounced that political donations were “a sign of a healthy democracy”. The pronouncement came as a “third way” style Victorian Labor government cuddled up to business while insisting that political patronage did not equal compromise.… Read More
Media release 2nd November Analysis by the Centre for Public Integrity of the Government’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill finds that while it has promised an organisation “with greater powers than a Royal Commission”, the reality is that what is has proposed is an organisation that is not fit for purpose. The following aspects of the Bill need to be… Read More
Published by the ABC with Fran Kelly.Two years after the government first promised a national anti-corruption watchdog, they’ve finally released details of their plans to create the body. Listen here.
Originally published by ABC’s The Signal podcast.Listen to the full story here.