In January 2018, Labor’s leader Bill Shorten announced plans to establish a National Integrity Commission.
After spending almost a year rejecting calls from Labor and the crossbench to support the establishment of a National Integrity Commission, and a mere two weeks after the Prime Minister dismissed it as a “fringe issue”, the Morrison government finally back-flipped and announced that it would move to establish a “federal anti-corruption commission”. Just as they were dragged kicking and screaming to establish the banking Royal Commission, they have been dragged kicking and screaming to commit to this.
The Morrison Government has not yet put forward any legislation to establish a national integrity commission. If the Government does introduce a bill Labor will, as always, examine that legislation closely.
But we have made clear that we want a fair dinkum, independent national integrity commission with all the necessary powers to stamp out corruption.