Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the government’s proposed national integrity commission, warning against a “kangaroo court” model where public servants will have to face public scrutiny.
“Our national integrity commission will be a secret tribunal because if it was public it could ruin people’s reputations,” Morrison told reporters.
“We can’t have one set of rules for the public, and the same set of rules for us.”
Attorney General Christian Porter says because there have been some problems in the recently formed New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption, there should never be a transparent anti-corruption body established at the federal level.
“There’s nothing that says integrity more than oversight being carried out in secret,” Porter said.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is being very careful with he approaches this matter given the Labor Party will be in government for at least the next six years.