Labor must establish ICAC inspector

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to establish an ICAC Inspectorate following on from the first report into the Public integrity and the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) that was tabled today.

The Report, tabled by Parliament’s Crime and Public Integrity Policy Committee, states that:


“The Committee acknowledges the need for a mechanism under the ICAC Act for people to make complaints about how the Commissioner exercises his powers.”


It has been a long-standing Liberal Party policy to establish an ICAC Inspectorate to oversee the use of ICAC’s powers to ensure that they are being used appropriately and within the law.


“Following on from the recommendations of this Report, it is clear that the Weatherill Labor Government must establish an independent overseer for the ICAC,” said Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.


“A strong ICAC goes hand in hand with ensuring that the government is honest, transparent and accountable.


“However, there is still work that needs to be done to ensure South Australia has a strong, effective ICAC, such as introducing public hearings.


“To begin with though, the Government needs to put a mechanism in place to ensure that the ICAC is using its powers appropriately.”