It's time to clean up politics.
Recent revelations of misuse of political entitlements make it clear that anti-corruption measures at a federal level are inadequate. It’s time to get money out of parliament, and to establish a national corruption watchdog to clean up politics.
Every State now has an anti-corruption commission. The Federal government is now the only jurisdiction without the infrastructure to confront corruption. Every time wrongdoing is exposed, one-off reviews or ad-hoc investigations are launched. We need a permanent commission to prevent corruption occurring and investigate claims as they arise.
The Greens already have a bill to establish a National ICAC before the Parliament -- now the Labor and Liberal parties just need to support it. Among other integrity measures, the bill would establish a new Office of the Independent Parliamentary Adviser to advise MPs and Ministers on entitlements claims and the ethical running of their office that the public rightly expects, and also develop a legally binding code of conduct for MPs for the Parliament to adopt.