Anthony Albanese

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese puts Peter Dutton on notice a National anti-corruption bill (Federal ICAC) is coming in a few days

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese put opposition leader Peter Dutton on notice (8/9/22) that a National Anti-corruption Commission (Federal ICAC) bill will be presented to federal parliament next week for debate.

It is consistent with Labor’s promise to have a Federal ICAC legislated by the end of 2022 and if done right will end up being a huge game changer for exposing and punishing corrupt politicians and government officials.

If a genuine National Anti-corruption Commission is legislated it will mean the next few years will be taken up investigating all the corruption we know happened under the leadership of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison. That would also mean the Labor Party would almost be guaranteed of winning the next federal election.

The problem for Peter Dutton and the opposition is they will be boxed in when the legislation is presented to parliament because if they don’t support a Federal ICAC they will look corrupt. And if they do support a Federal ICAC some of them will likely be heading to jail.

The below video is Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in parliament (8/9/22) putting Peter Dutton on notice that a National Anti-corruption Commission (Federal ICAC) bill will be introduced to parliament next week.

Federal MP Tony Burke also highlighted, on the 8/9/22, numerous federal MP’s and the corruption allegations against them in the below video:

The writing is on the wall for corrupt federal politicians

If the federal politicians accused of corruption over the last few years such as Scott Morrison, Angus Taylor and Barnaby Joyce etc want to know what will eventually happen to them they need to look no further than NSW.

There are a number of former politicians and public servants in jail and a couple of others currently before the courts in NSW such as Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi, Tony Kelly and Ian Macdonald.

On the 19th of July 2022 it was reported:

Former New South Wales Labor ministers Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly are facing criminal charges flowing from an Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into a controversial water infrastructure company.

The trio will face court charged with criminal offences after a 2014 NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into infrastructure company Australian Water Holdings.

In 2017, ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the former ministers and Kelly’s former chief of staff Gilbert “Laurie” Brown. (Click here to read more)

On the 7th of September 2022 it was reported:

Former NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald “maliciously” abused his power when in office, a court has heard.

Mr Macdonald and ex-union boss John Maitland are charged with wilful misconduct in public office and being an accessory to the misconduct, after the Doyles Creek mine licence, in the Hunter, was directly allocated to a company Mr Maitland chaired while Mr Macdonald had the mining portfolio in 2008.

The men are facing a judge-alone retrial after their original convictions for the charges were quashed on appeal in February 2019. (Click here to read more)

And there is the former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian waiting for a finding to be published by the NSW ICAC, which is due by October 2022, into a corruption investigation into her alleged abuse of her position to help her secret boyfriend. (Click here and here to read more)

The point is that Peter Dutton and the federal opposition know exactly what is going to happen to a number of them when a federal ICAC is legislated and starts investigating their dodgy deals when they were in government.

A Federal ICAC that does what it’s meant to will make the Anthony Albanese government, but a Federal ICAC that is nothing more than smoke and mirrors will destroy his government. We’ll all have a good idea of what the Federal ICAC will and won’t achieve when the legislation is made public so I will reserve any judgment until then.

Parliament has been suspended for at least 15 days due to the Queen’s death so the promise to table legislation for a National Anti-corruption Commission next week won’t happen but should happen not long after parliament resumes.

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13 replies »

  1. My only hope is that a federal ICAC is set up correctly so it includes ALL POLITICIANS, POLICE, PUBLIC SERVANTS, JUDGES, LAWYERS and is not controlled by ANY POLITICAL PARTY.
    I know I’m asking a lot in a very corrupt country, but I still live in hope. Please don’t allow it to work like the police that police itself and is incredibly corrupt like a GESTAPO UNIT.

  2. KCA summed it up in the words ‘If done right’. However, as we have seen in the U.S.A., corruption evolves to meet changing conditions. Just as we have shown that Royal Commissions provide a mixed bag from government reform to ignoring recommendations, the Fed ICAC will follow State ICACS in catching some of the offenders while others will dodge the bullet. Either way, lawyers are in for a feast of mammoth proportions.

    • Other key word is ‘Genuine’ unfortunately can’t see much possibility of a reproduction of NSWs ICAC being introduced in the federal scheme, too many have too much to lose on all sides as well as the judiciary, the status quo will most likely prevail. Recent history of both sides being in lockstep in legislation with secret court cases, raiding of journalists homes, confiscating lawyers passports day before departure to the International Court hearing, secret jailing of whistleblowers, allowing alphabet agencies to operate in secret and alter and delete emails etc, more negativity than positivity on the horizon.

  3. Yes, good to see things moving in the right direction (it would have been hard for it to get worse). The devil is in the details though: its funding, it’s retrospectiveness, etc. Yes, we will have to wait and see what develops. And sooner the better.

  4. It all sounds good but until the corruption is fixed in the judicial system I don’t think it can work as many judges are corrupted by the government. I personally have been on the receiving end of government judges who don’t care of the pain and severe mental heath they cause as a result. I for one are verry greatfull of the work KCA does . Thankyou

  5. So … there has been a delay of the introduction of the NAC / ICAC legislation, due to the passing of Elizabeth.

    IMHO, I think there will be a number of LNP members seeking anti-anxiety medications and counselling.

    There will always be Accountability + Consequences for ALL actions!

  6. The interesting sub-plot in this ICAC debate is that a number of retired judges inhabit the various state ICAC bodies. A number are still claiming their full pensions while at the same time drawing very substantial salaries. By fiat, these positions are classified as non-public service positions but are funded by taxpayers. One stipulation of receiving the pension is that post-retirement jobs should not be in the legal profession. Whilst they may not be breaking any specific regulation, it is clearly “double-dipping” and ethically bankrupt.

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