Porter backtracks on Integrity Commission

After months of prevarication from the Coalition, Attorney-General Christian Porter has written to Labor and formally refused the offer of bipartisan support for the creation of a National Integrity Commission.

MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

PORTER BACKTRACKS ON INTEGRITY COMMISSION

 

After months of prevarication from the Coalition, Attorney-General Christian Porter has written to Labor and formally refused the offer of bipartisan support for the creation of a National Integrity Commission.

 

Despite a bipartisan select committee report to the contrary, Mr Porter has determined there is no “persuasive evidence” that there are gaps in the current system for tackling corruption at the federal level.

 

Labor does not agree. We believe the current system – despite many agencies doing important work – is fragmented and further coordination is worth pursuing.

 

That’s why Bill Shorten announced in January, Labor will legislate for a National Integrity Commission, with all the powers of a standing Royal Commission, would be legislated within the first 12 months of a Labor government.

 

Mr Porter used to say that he was “not closed-minded” to the proposal – so what changed?

 

It is time for both parties to acknowledge that we have to do better, if we are to regain the trust of those we represent.

Labor is prepared to take the important steps towards that goal. It’s disappointing that the government is not.

 

WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY 2018