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Coalition’s Proposed Anti-Corruption Commission Would Not Have Power to Investigate Recent Controversies | australian politics

TCoalition-proposed federal anti-corruption body would not have the power to investigate dozens of controversies over integrity, spending and pork barrels who have have come to light in recent years, the Guardian has found.

An analysis of 40 political controversies, conducted jointly by Guardian Australia and the Center for Public Integrity, found that all but two would be well below the threshold required by the proposed body to initiate an investigation.

The Commonwealth Integrity Commission – described by the government as a “centralized center specializing in public sector corruption investigations” – is reportedly unable to investigate recent parking or sports cases, despite evidence that taxpayers’ money was being reallocated for political ends. Gain.

He would also not be in a position to investigate a range of questions about expense claims or concerns about the provision of flights to former Finance Minister Mathias Cormann by Liberal donor and government contractor Helloworld. Awarding contracts to companies linked to the Liberals would also avoid the agency’s scrutiny, as would the infamous scandals of Parakeelia, Paladin and Nimrod Resources.

Under the bill, CIC must have a “reasonable suspicion” that a index criminal offense has been committed before it can even begin an investigation.

The Center for Public Integrity says it is this high bar that would thwart CIC’s attempts to examine most of the controversies identified by the Guardian.

“The government’s proposed CIC will not be able to do its job – the threshold is too high to begin investigations, and the public is left in the dark without public hearings or public reports,” said Anthony Whealy QC, president of the Center for Public Integrity.

“Public confidence will continue to decline as scandal after scandal has no real consequences.”