Labor stands for integrity and transparency in government, and we have no tolerance for corruption.
That is why Labor committed to establishing a National Integrity Commission almost 18 months before the most recent federal election – in January 2018.
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 announced in December 2018 that it would move to establish a “Commonwealth Integrity Commission”.
We subsequently found out from the Attorney-General’s Department that the Government had been working on its proposed model, in secret, since January 2018.
That means that the Government has been working on what they dismissed as a “fringe issue” for 18-months – but has still yet to introduce any legislation into the Parliament.
On 1 August 2019, Labor’s Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus moved a motion in the Parliament calling on the Government to keep its promise to establish a National Integrity Commission (see here). Regrettably, the Government used its numbers in the House of Representatives to oppose that motion.
Labor will continue to call on the Morrison government to keep its election promise and establish a National Integrity Commission – one that is independent, fit for purpose and enjoys public confidence.