Every Australian has a right to feel confident that their government is open, transparent and free from corruption.
Corruption has no place in Australia – at any level of government – and governments should do everything they can to prevent it.
In recent years there has been a loss of public faith in our Commonwealth institutions.
It’s time to restore that trust, and show that we can do better.
In January 2018, Bill Shorten announced that Labor will establish a National Integrity Commission – a new federal anti-corruption commission tasked with investigating allegations of serious corruption and preventing any serious problems before they arise.
After spending almost a year rejecting calls from Labor to support the establishment of a National Integrity Commission and a mere two weeks after Scott Morrison dismissed it as a “fringe issue”, the Morrison Government finally announced that it would move to establish a “federal anti-corruption commission”.
Unfortunately, the model proposed by the Liberals is inadequate. It has been roundly criticised by experts for its limited scope, limited powers and lack of transparency.
Unlike the Liberals, Labor will establish a tough anti-corruption watchdog with teeth. A National Integrity Commission established by Labor will have all the powers of a standing royal commission, will hold public hearings where it is in the public interest to do so, will be an independent statutory agency, and will be subject to oversight by a parliamentary committee.
Faith in the political class in Australia is at historically low levels. Some Australians believe the political system is broken altogether. We can’t let this continue.
Sign the petition to pledge your support for a political system where Australians have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.
Let’s send the government a message.