Today’s draft report that the parliamentary committee on the Independent Committee Against Corruption is set to make sweeping recommendations is yet another attack on effective corruption fighting in NSW.
Today’s report that the parliamentary committee on the Independent Committee Against Corruption is set to make sweeping recommendations is yet another attack on effective corruption fighting in NSW.
The proposal for three commissioners, instead of a single commissioner, also targets public hearings which will now be subject to a unanimous vote in order to be held.
Three commissioners will also serve to impose significant additional costs onto ICAC which needs to be focussing its resources on front line corruption investigation.
It's ironic that the committee is proposing more expensive commissioners when the government refused a request from ICAC for $2.1 million in additional funding.
These proposals have already been dismissed by the McClintock Gleeson Report, by commissioner Latham and former commissioner David Ipp and are purely political in their motivation.
It's no wonder that the chair of the committee Damien Tudehope, a right wing member of the Liberal party, would seek to attack ICAC after so many of his factional colleagues were implicated by the corruption body in the recent inquiry into Liberal party donations.
If the Premier is serious about fighting corruption then he should immediately dismiss these proposals which will only serve to blow out the budget, slow down decision making, and dilute the effectiveness of ICAC.