An Albanese Labor Government will legislate a powerful, transparent and independent National Anti-Corruption Commission by the end of 2022.
Anti-corruption commissions serve the public by uncovering corruption and ensuring that members of a government, including politicians, are held to account if they engage in corrupt conduct.
Every Australian State and Territory has now established its own anti-corruption commission. But, despite overwhelming public support, there is still no anti-corruption commission at the federal level.
In December 2018 the Morrison Government was finally dragged, kicking and screaming, to commit to establishing what it called a “Commonwealth Integrity Commission”. However, three years later, they have failed to honour that commitment.
The Morrison Government’s ever-increasing list of scandals and cover-ups has reinforced the urgent need for a powerful, transparent and independent National Anti-Corruption Commission.
Labor believes the time is long past for a National Anti-Corruption Commission to be established, and an Albanese Labor Government will give priority to introducing legislation to establish such a body.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission established by Labor will operate with all the independence, resources and powers of a standing Royal Commission into serious and systemic corruption in the federal government.
Labor has been working with Australia’s preeminent legal and integrity experts to develop design principles that will ensure the Commission is the most effective anti-corruption watchdog in the country.
Under these design principles, the Commission will:
Labor’s policy to establish a National Anti-Corruption Commission will make a permanent and much needed change to standards of integrity and accountability in the federal government. It stands in stark contrast to the universally condemned model for an integrity commission put forward by the Morrison Government.
Mr Morrison’s proposed integrity commission is so weak that it would be unable to commence its own independent inquiries into Government corruption, prevented from holding public hearings into politicians or public servants, and banned from investigating any of the multiple past scandals of the Morrison Government. It has been described by legal experts as a body designed not to stamp out corruption, but to help cover it up.
Corruption in the federal government has been growing over recent years and the Liberals have failed to take any action to tackle it, leaving the Commonwealth the only Australian government without a body dedicated to uncovering and stamping out corruption by public officials.
An Albanese Labor Government will put an end to the Morrison Government’s shameful tolerance for corruption and help restore the Australian people’s trust in their government by establishing a powerful, transparent and independent National Anti-Corruption Commission.