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Restore trust in politics

Angus Taylor and Scott Morrison in Parliament Private jets,1 fraudulent documents2 and sports rorts3 - an endless parade of scandals from within the Morrison Government has broken down trust in Australian politics.

We can't rely on politicians to investigate themselves – so we need a federal integrity commission, like ICAC, to expose dodgy dealings and keep them honest.
With an election looming, the public are demanding action and Labor and a united crossbench are on the attack. It's the perfect time to ramp up the pressure, and fight for the strong commission we need.

Demand an anti-corruption commission with real power to keep our politicians honest.
If you're searching for arguments for a strong integrity commission, here are a few recent scandals to jog your memory:

  • Sports Rorts. The sport rorts scandal saw the Morrison Government favour marginal electorates over other communities in allocating $100 million of grants.4

  • Great Barrier Reef Rort. The Coalition gave $400 million of Great Barrier Reef funding to an obscure foundation set up by corporate interests – including fossil fuel corporations – that has failed to deliver on its promises.5

  • Dodgy Documents. Angus Taylor used suspicious and seemingly altered documents to attack the climate credentials of independent Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. His claims the documents were downloaded from the council's website were unsubstantiated and police investigations were dropped.6,7

  • Jet-Setting Ministers. Scott Morrison approved over $100,000 in luxury jet flights for ex-Minister Matthias Cormann while Liberal Minister Stuart Robert made us pay for his $2,000 internet bills.8,9
Morrison's proposed commission would be virtually powerless.

That's because:
  • Hearings would be held behind closed doors.
  • Findings would be secret.
  • Corruption would be narrowly defined.
  • Investigations would be hard to begin.
  • Whistleblowers would be deterred from coming forward.
  • Only government agencies could make tip-offs.10
The experience of our states shows anti-corruption work must be out in the open and spearheaded by a well-funded public body with broad investigative powers.
[1] Scott Morrison defends taxpayer-funded private jet for Mathias Cormann's OECD bid. Sydney Morning Herald. 25 November 2020.
[2] Angus Taylor 'misled Parliament' in doctored documents saga: Labor, Australian Financial Review. 26 April 2020.
[3] Remember sports rorts? Here's why we mustn't forget that shameful episode, Sydney Morning Herald. 2 October 2020.
[4] Remember sports rorts? Here's why we mustn't forget that shameful episode, Sydney Morning Herald. 2 October 2020.
[5] Controversial Great Barrier Reef grant did not comply with transparency rules, National Audit Office says, ABC News. 16 January 2019.
[6] Scott Morrison defends taxpayer-funded private jet for Mathias Cormann's OECD bid. Sydney Morning Herald. 25 November 2020.
[7] Angus Taylor 'misled Parliament' in doctored documents saga: Labor, Australian Financial Review. 26 April 2020.
[8] Stuart Robert charged taxpayers $2,000 a month for his home internet, The Guardian. 5 October 2018.
[9] Scott Morrison defends $4,000 per hour plane for Mathias Cormann's OECD pitch, says 'he would have got COVID' flying commercial, ABC News. 25 November 2020.
[10] Toothless tiger? Five problems with the Coalition's anti-corruption commission, The Guardian. 3 November 2020.

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To the Morrison Government,

We demand you support a genuine corruption watchdog – one that can hold public hearings, make public findings, and that is properly funded to clean up Parliament.




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