Australia’s trust in federal politics is at an all-time low. Australians have never trusted our politicians less. To restore faith in our democracy and help politics help itself, it is time to create an independent anti-corruption watchdog to investigate and expose corruption and serious misconduct at a federal level.
Australia is closer than ever to establishing a national anti-corruption watchdog, following years of Australia Institute research and engagement with the legal profession and federal MPs and Senators.
Our National Integrity Committee – made up of distinguished former judges and corruption fighters – have released a number of papers detailing the essential requirements and basic principles for the establishment of a National Anti-Corruption watchdog.
The Committee have made many submissions and appeared before various Parliamentary Committees and other consultation processes, to discuss the need for a strong integrity Commission – one with broad jurisdiction; the ability to hold public hearings and produce public reports and the power to investigate and expose corruption at the highest levels.