House debates

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Statements by Members

Anticorruption Commission

1:38 pm

Photo of Mark DreyfusMark Dreyfus (Isaacs, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Attorney General) Share this | | Hansard source

[by video link] Almost 1,000 days have passed since the Prime Minister and the former Attorney-General stood before the Australian people and finally, grudgingly, promised them a national anticorruption commission. That's 1,000 days of corruption unchecked, 1,000 days of rorts, rorts and more rorts, and there's still no action and still no legislation from this government to establish a national anticorruption commission.

Every state and territory now has a dedicated anticorruption body, but not the Commonwealth. By contrast, the Prime Minister knows he and his ministers can get away with just about anything—sports rorts, carpark rorts, 'Grassgate', the member for Hume's dodgy documents, the airport land rort, and that's just since the last election. The only minister ever forced to resign from the Morrison government didn't even have to wait out one term before she was invited back and given a pay rise. Nothing more graphically illustrates why Australia needs a powerful and independent anticorruption commission and why Mr Morrison and his colleagues will do everything in their power to stop one from being established.

If Mr Morrison won't act, Labor will. Labor will put an end to the Morrison government's shameful inaction by establishing a powerful, transparent and independent national anticorruption commission.