The Canberra Liberals will present new laws to expose corruption in Canberra.
The Anti-Corruption and Integrity Commission Bill 2018 is the first of its kind in Canberra, and will be officially presented by Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe to the Assembly this week.
An Anti-Corruption and Integrity Commission will restore public trust in the ACT government by investigating, exposing and preventing corruption.
A commissioner will be appointed by the Speaker for a maximum of seven years to determine whether corrupt activity by ACT public officials has occurred.
The laws will give the anti-corruption commission power to:
* Obtain documents
* Subpoena witnesses
* Request search and arrest warrants
* Seize evidence relevant to a search warrant
* Conduct public and private hearings
The laws are based on recommendations already agreed to by Liberal, Labor and Greens committee members in a 2017 inquiry into an anti-corruption body.
Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe:
“It’s time to clean up Canberra.
“We need to expose corruption and restore public trust in the ACT government.
“The erosion of trust comes from years of highly controversial secret multimillion dollar deals using taxpayers’ money.
“These laws will give the anti-corruption commission necessary powers to investigate and expose corruption.
“An anti-corruption commission can’t come soon enough, and now we have laws based on tri-partisan recommendations to get it off the ground.”
If passed, the bill will be effective from January 01, 2019.