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Scott Morrison refuses to budge on a federal ICAC. But the dam of reality will have to burst

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, AJ Brown, writes in The Guardian (15.4.22) about Prime Minister Scott Morrison's reluctance to establish a national integrity agency.

'What kind of leadership will deliver a strong federal integrity commission after this election?

'The Liberal leader Scott Morrison’s comments this week ramp this up as a key question for the 2022 federal poll. He promised before the last election to introduce an integrity commission and he has not done that. Now he is trying to blame Labor for the broken election promise.

'Integrity underpins every other promise made - by everyone vying for government. It’s what makes sure the investments in jobs actually end up creating jobs. Or the grants being given for rebuilding after floods go where they are needed, not diverted into private pockets or spent buying votes for the sake of votes.

'It’s what guarantees national security - look at how the looting of public money from the people of Russia has built a regime so corrupt it is destabilising the world as we know it.

'So the prime minister’s attempt to stick with the Coalition’s current proposal for a commonwealth integrity commission, first conceived in 2018, raises big issues.'


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