Response to Commonwealth Integrity Commission announcement
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed the government’s proposal to establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission.
The announcement comes after Ms McGowan, supported by fellow crossbench MPs Rebekha Sharkie, Kerryn Phelps, Andrew Wilkie and Adam Bandt, introduced the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 and the National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill, calling for a culture of integrity and corruption prevention to be created in Australia.
“The integrity package we introduced in the final sitting fortnight for 2018 provides a sensible, comprehensive and transparent approach that would increase the confidence in the integrity of Parliament. We need to look at these two proposals together,” Ms McGowan said.
“It is significant to see the Government announce a proposal for an integrity commission. I will hold the government to high standards while working through the final details. Any national integrity body needs to be robust and transparent to ensure it enhances public trust in the parliament and public sector.”
The Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is conducting an inquiry on the National Integrity Commission Bill and National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill. The deadline for submissions is 22 January 2019 and with a reporting date of 5 April 2019.
Ms McGowan encouraged all of those who have contacted the Indi office to make a submission to the public consultation process for the Government’s proposal. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org until 5pm on 1 February 2019.
Details of Ms McGowan’s National Integrity Commission Bill and National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill are available at www.cathymcgowan.com.au.