Drama and division over a federal integrity commission
PM Scott Morrison told Federal Parliament yesterday that former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was “done over” by her state’s anti-corruption commission. Morrison’s comments came after the government blocked an attempt by independent MP Helen Haines to force a debate on her proposal for a federal version of the states’ commissions. Morrison promised to legislate for a national integrity commission in this term of government, and while a draft plan has been circulated, the government’s bill hasn’t been finalised. And time is a’tickin’ with an election due by 21 May next year. For Morrison’s part, he said he wasn’t going to be pushed into adopting a commission that had a wide-sweeping remit – like NSW’s “kangaroo court”. Adding to the excitement, Tassie Lib Bridget Archer broke ranks with her colleagues and backed Dr Haines’ motion, which was also supported by Labor. To be continued…
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