08 May 2014
(Contribution to Motion, 7 May 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I strongly support the motion. In Parliament we repeatedly hear accusations from the major parties that the other side is corrupt, with both sides attempting to paint a picture of themselves as honest, trustworthy and having integrity. But it is an unfortunate truth that when decisions can deliver profits some of those who stand to gain from those profits will seek to place undue influence over decision-makers. While those with executive power are expected to act in the public interest, it is a fact that some will put personal benefit first and make corrupt deals. The Independent Commission Against Corruption is critical to exposing this corruption and ensuring that those who engage in it are accountable. It prevents corruption through the threat of scrutiny and exposure, and through its recommendations for changes to legislation, policy and practice. It improves standards.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption needs proper resources to investigate serious complaints, hold hearings, report and make recommendations. Ensuring that those who wield power operate with integrity and standards that reflect the public interest requires scrutiny and accountability, which is provided by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. The commission plays a vital role in holding all of us accountable and should not be subject to any budget cuts. I commend the motion.