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Weatherill backs down to give SA an independent ICAC

Nov 28, 2012

Isobel Redmond MP
Leader of the Opposition

Hon Stephen Wade MLC
Shadow Attorney General

Weatherill backs down to give SA an independent ICAC

South Australia will now have an independent commissioner against corruption following a major back flip by Premier Weatherill.

“We have consistently been calling for a commissioner to be appointed in a way that would guarantee the independence of the appointee,” Liberal Leader Isobel Redmond said.

Finally after more than two months of blind-sighted stubbornness, the Weatherill Labor Government has bowed to Opposition, minor party and public pressure to give the Parliament a say in the appointment.

“Labor wanted to leave the appointment of the commissioner to Australia’s most secretive ICAC purely in the hands of the Labor Party,” Ms Redmond said.

“Yesterday was the first time the Weatherill Government had finally conceded the need to have a truly independent commission.

“Had they had the same position two months ago, we’d already have an ICAC.

“Labor was the last Party in SA to agree to an ICAC and the last to agree to independence.”

“This ICAC remains Australia’s most secretive, narrow and least resourced,” Shadow Attorney General Stephen Wade said.

“Fortunately it is no longer the least independent.

“We acknowledge the hard work of the members of the cross-bench and Liberal team who stood up for an independent commissioner.

“This is the culmination of more than five years of campaigning from the Liberal Party and 24 years of parliamentary debate.

“The Liberal Opposition is committed to reviewing the ICAC model if elected in 2014 to strengthen public confidence in Government following 10 years of Labor mismanagement.”



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