Interview with Geoffrey Watson SC on The World Today, ABC Radio 2nd September 2019.
Shopping bags full of money, claims of foreign influence and the downfall of a once rising Labor star; the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption has heard some sensational and worrying revelations in its recent hearings into the activities of the state’s Labor Party.
Evidence that the party received an allegedly illegal $100,000 donation from a now-banned Chinese property developer led to the removal of the State Secretary, Kaila Murnane.
It’s causing worry in the highest ranks of the ALP, and has refocused calls for a national anti-corruption watchdog with the teeth to keep an eye on federal politicians.
Geoffrey Watson SC is a Sydney barrister and former counsel assisting the ICAC, as well as a director of the Centre for Public Integrity.
He says the Federal Electoral Commission is “given no teeth” to try and find corrupt conduct, much less expose it.