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.
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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