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Email your MP: support an ICAC with teeth!

For far too long, the Morrison Government has made a mess of our democracy — spending millions in Liberal electorates1 and taking donations from anonymous sources.2

Now more than ever, we need a national anti-corruption body with robust powers. But the Morrison Government is expected to delay the introduction of a national integrity commission again – after already trying to water it down to begin with. 3

So let's make sure our MPs know that we want them to start or keep pushing for a Federal ICAC to be tabled in Parliament this year. With a Federal Election coming up, it's vital that we don't let Morrison off the hook and continue to kick the can down the road – and your MP can help hold him accountable.

Email your local MP now demanding a robust Federal ICAC this year!
A strong federal anti-corruption watchdog should have three key features:

  • Take tip-offs from the public, not just government agencies. The Morrison Government's proposal for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission only allows agencies to provide tip-offs for investigations, which means that whistleblowers or complaints from the public would be ignored, even though they've historically played a huge role in beginning state ICAC investigations.

  • Allow hearings to be done in public. Hearings in public play a crucial role in keeping people up to date about what's happening in the investigation, providing transparency and accountability.

  • Should have the same powers as a Royal Commission. A federal ICAC with teeth needs to have specialist powers to bring forward witnesses, look into confidential documents, and investigate politicians.
To ensure your email is most effective try and include these points:

Introduce yourself: Tell your local MP a bit about yourself! Where do you live? What do you do? Why does this issue matter to you? Remember to be friendly and polite.

Tell them why you believe it's important they continue to push for a strong national anti-corruption commission body:

  • Amidst all the hit pieces against an ICAC from politicians and the media, we need you to keep pushing for a strong national anti-corruption body that holds power to account. We hope that you'll continue to work with crossbenchers to ensure that we have a Federal ICAC that will uphold our democracy by exposing corruption, not hiding it.

  • It is concerning that Morrison's proposed model for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission won't be able to retrospectively investigate allegations, that there will be no public hearings, and that only government agencies will be able to initiate investigations.

  • We want a Federal ICAC that can actually enforce integrity in our politics, ensuring that federal politicians are as beholden to standards as State politicians are. We hope you support a real Federal ICAC when it comes to a vote in Parliament.

  • GetUp's recent poll reveals that 85% of Australians support a national anti-corruption watchdog, including more than 74% of Coalition voters. We want our federal politicians to be as accountable as our State politicians are. Recent political events such as the resignation of Christian Porter have only heightened our demands, with more than half of Australians saying that recent scandals have increased their support for a national integrity body. With a federal election coming up, we hope you listen to the vast majority of Australian voters on this issue.
Ask your local MP to come out strong for a Federal ICAC: It is very important your message has an ask. Make it quite clear that you believe that a strong national anti-corruption commission is pivotal to Australian democracy and it's important that we have one that exposes corruption, not hides it.
[1] 'Sports rorts on steroids': scathing report finds Coalition car park program not effective or merit-based, The Guardian, 28 June 2021.

[2] Christian Porter resigns from Scott Morrison's ministry after revealing he had accepted an anonymous donation, ABC, 19 September 2021.

[3] Senate chaos casts doubt over federal ICAC legislation, Australian Financial Review, November 18 2021.

[4] Two-thirds of voters back federal corruption watchdog with stronger powers, Sydney Morning Herald, October 31 2021.

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GetUp’s recent poll reveals that 85% of Australians support a national anti-corruption watchdog, including more than 74% of Coalition voters. We want our federal politicians to be as accountable as our State politicians are. Recent political events such as the resignation of Christian Porter have only heightened our demands, with more than half of Australians saying that recent scandals have increased their support for a national integrity body. With a federal election coming up, we hope you listen to the vast majority of Australian voters on this issue.
It is concerning that Morrison's proposed model for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission won't be able to retrospectively investigate allegations, that there will be no public hearings, and that only government agencies will be able to initiate investigations. We want a Federal ICAC that can actually enforce integrity in our politics, ensuring that Federal politicians are as beholden to standards as State politicians are. We hope you support a Federal ICAC with teeth when it comes to a vote in Parliament.
Amidst all the hit pieces against a Federal ICAC from politicians and the media, we need you to keep pushing for a strong national anti-corruption body that holds power to account. We hope that you’ll continue to push for the government to introduce a Federal ICAC this year – and continue to work with others in Parliament to ensure this is a robust ICAC that actually holds politicians to account.
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