Another Minister splits from Turnbull on NIC

Another day, and another government minister splits from Prime Minister Turnbull on whether to support Labor’s plan for a National Integrity Commission.

THE HON. MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS


ANOTHER MINISTER SPLITS FROM TURNBULL ON NIC

 

Another day, and another government minister splits from Prime Minister Turnbull on whether to support Labor’s plan for a National Integrity Commission.

 

Yesterday, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar was asked repeatedly whether he supported a federal anti-corruption body:

 

Raf Epstein: Do you support the idea of a National Integrity Commission or a National ICAC?

 

Michael Sukkar: No no, I support the extensive range of anti-corruption measures we’ve got in place at the moment.

 

Epstein: So you don’t think we need a national body.

 

Sukkar: No, no I don’t.

  • ABC Radio Melbourne Drive, Wednesday 31 January

 

Barnaby Joyce has already ruled out his support for a National Integrity Commission on multiple occasions, despite Mr Turnbull saying he is open to it and Attorney-General Christian Porter says he is not “closed-minded”.

 

Does the Government support Labor’s National Integrity Commission, or not?

 

What exactly have they got to hide from Australians?

 

Labor’s offer of bipartisanship on this important issue is genuine. All parties have an interest in raising public confidence in federal government.

 

It’s time for the Government to get its act together and get on board.

 

THURSDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2018