A strong ICAC – unlike the body the federal government is proposing – would have had the power to properly and impartially investigate the "sports rorts" affair.
The proposed integrity commission is an improvement on the patchwork of mechanisms in place now, but does not go nearly far enough to prevent and investigate corruption.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten slammed the proposed body was “not a
fair dinkum anti-corruption commission”. It would be limited in scope
and power and had no transparency.
The government now finds itself in the rather bizarre situation of having voted for a “national anti-corruption commission” without committing itself to one.
The federal Coalition's primary vote fell for the third consecutive time, to 34%, in a poll that if replicated at an election would cost 21 seats.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The Labor alternative almost doubles the budget's relief for these taxpayers, incorporating the early part of the government's plan and then building on it.
Come election time, votes won't turn on an integrity commission. They will turn on such issues as cost of living, discontent with flat wages, and health.
Bill Shorten said a proposed National Integrity Commission would operate 'as a standing royal commission into serious and systematic corruption'.