Integrity experts and former judges propose that the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Australia’s new federal integrity watchdog, should investigate the actions of former cabinet minister Stuart Robert. The push comes after revelations about Robert’s assistance to consultants seeking lucrative federal agency deals. Despite Robert insisting on his innocence, the accumulated evidence is deemed sufficient to justify an NACC investigation. Anthony Whealy and Stephen Charles, former judges and key figures at the Centre for Public Integrity, Australia’s leading anti-corruption think tank, back this recommendation. They believe the reported allegations about Robert’s conduct as a minister necessitate an NACC probe. The potential investigation would be within the scope of the newly empowered NACC, which can initiate its own inquiries into past conduct and ministerial decisions.
This summary comes from The Sydney Morning Herald, was written by David Crowe and Nick McKenzie, and can be found here.