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Reject the Coalition's sham corruption watchdog!

The explosive findings from the final banking royal commission report show how urgently we need a federal corruption watchdog with teeth.

Imagine if the banking royal commission had been conducted in secret. The misconduct of greedy bank execs would continue to flourish – while everyday people continue to suffer.

That's why the Coalition's proposed corruption watchdog is a complete "sham" designed to protect corrupt politicians – according to a former judge.1

Operating completely behind closed doors, with limited powers, no ability to investigate public complaints, and no public visibility of its findings – it will have none of the powers that made the Banking Royal Commission so successful in calling major corporations to account, and shaming politicians into action.

But the Coalition can't pass their sham proposal alone. That's why we have to do everything we can to ensure Labor and the crossbench stand strong and reject the Coalition's sham watchdog.

Can you sign the petition calling on Labor and the crossbench to throw out the Coalition's sham watchdog?
References:
[1] Coalition's plan for anti-corruption body a 'sham' set up to protect MPs, former judge says, The Guardian, 24 January 2018.
  • No public hearings. It'll keep all investigations a secret, doing more to help cover up corruption than expose it.
  • No public findings of corruption. Meaning politicians are less likely to face any real consequences for their misdeeds.
  • Limited scope. The Government watchdog won't be able to investigate previous instances of dodgy behaviour from politicians – like Peter Dutton's au pair scandal.
  • Limited powers. It won't be able to investigate complaints from members of the public or use standard investigate powers like intercepting MP phone calls.
  • Limited funding. The Coalition are planning to underfund the watchdog – meaning less investigations, and less resources to uncover corruption.
We need a federal anti-corruption watchdog to keep our politicians honest and to always act in the best interest of everyday people.

Every state already has an anti-corruption watchdog and they have proved their worth time and time again in exposing corruption and wrong-doing.

A federal anti-corruption watchdog with teeth – with broad investigative powers and public hearings – would transform our federal politics. Polling shows more than 80 per cent of Australians want a federal corruption watchdog.3

But change doesn't happen because of polls – it happens because so many people demand it that our leaders can't ignore it any longer.

References:
[1] Coalition's plan for anti-corruption body a 'sham' set up to protect MPs, former judge says, The Guardian, 24 January 2018.
[2] Senior lawyers slam Federal Government integrity commission model as 'a disaster', ABC News, 14 December 2018.
[3] Vote Compass: Australians want a federal corruption watchdog, even though major parties don't, ABC News, 6 June 2016.
Labor, the Greens and the entire crossbench have committed to genuine reform – but they'll face enormous political pressure from corporate interests and the Coalition to wave through this toothless watchdog when Parliament returns in February.

That's why we have to do everything we can to ensure Labor and the crossbench stand strong against corporate pressure and reject the Coalition's sham watchdog.

SIGN THE PETITION!

To all MPs and Senators,

Our communities deserve a political system free from corruption.

We want a strong anti-corruption watchdog that stamps out political corruption, not covers it up!

We call on you to reject the Coalition's sham watchdog, and legislate for an anti-corruption body that could truly tackle political corruption.




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