Submission to the ACT Inquiry into an Independent Integrity Commission

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Submission to the inquiry into the establishment of an independent integrity commission for the ACT (PDF, 139 KB, 19 May 2017)

The Science Party put forward a submission calling for an Independent Anti-Corruption Commission for the ACT following a similar model to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The Science Party favours a three-commissioner structure, with the agreement of two commissioners required to commence a formal investigation. The change from a single- to a three-commissioner model for the NSW ICAC was controversial, but we believe the decision is a sound one when separated from the circumstances.

The Science Party also stressed the importance of ensuring that any anti-corruption body is independent from the government.

We reiterated our strong opposition to Australia's current metadata retention scheme, but noted that if it is in place, anti-corruption bodies should be able to apply for access to these records, with checks and balances.  

All of the submissions are now listed on the inquiry's website and we look forward to the report!


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