Thank you Mr Speaker. The government has a proposal for a commonwealth integrity commission Mr Speaker. The Labor party do not support it.
The government has funded nearly $150 million to support the establishment of a commonwealth integrity commission Mr Speaker, and our proposed commission will investigate specified criminal corruption across the whole of the public sector, including parliamentary staff, and it will have two divisions, the law enforcement integrity division, that would have the same function as the public sector integrity division, that would be able to investigate allegations of a criminal conduct in the rest of the commonwealth public sector as well as higher education providers and research bodies that receive commonwealth funding.
Our proposed commission will have a full suite of powers to invest corrupt conduct, including to require people to give sworn evidence at hearings, to confiscate people’s passports by court order, to search people’s houses and search their property under warrant and conduct a search of a person under warrant, and when necessary to tap phones and use other surveillance devices, and the commonwealth proposal that we put forward and a law enforcement integrity division will be able to hold public hearings.
That is our proposal. Why don’t the Labor party support it? Why don’t they support it?
This has been out of public consultation for a long time, even the draft legislation has been there, but they don’t want to have a commonwealth integrity commission, they want a commonwealth kangaroo court.
A kangaroo court that can go and find and pursue political vendettas, as we have seen in New South Wales with disgraceful treatment of the former premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian, who was chased out of office* before that even made a finding. Before even a finding. The leader of the Labor party may support what was done to Gladys Berejiklian, but I do not.
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