Senator for Western Australia Zhenya ‘Dio’ Wang has welcomed support from both the Labor and Greens parties to secure an investigation into the merits of a national anti-corruption agency.
A motion put by Senator Wang to commence an inquiry relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission was today agreed to by the Senate after Labor and the Greens joined the crossbench to win the vote against the Government.
“No-one can put of a figure on the public cost of widespread corruption, but Australians know the damage it has on their financial security and how it erodes their respect for governments,” said Senator Wang.
“While the Government might not see the need for a national anti-corruption agency with the power to scrutinise everyone from blue and white-collar workers and employers right up to politicians and party donors, and through to organisations from banks to bureaucracies to political parties, I believe the majority of Australians do.
“I am delighted to bring on this inquiry on behalf of the Australian people and acknowledge the significant contribution of independent Senator for Victoria John Madigan, as well as the support of the Opposition – who have today shown the people of Australia they are willing to engage on this issue.
“I also take this opportunity to point out to my fellow Senators that today’s motion is in keeping with the proper work of this chamber – which is not to simply operate as a rubber stamp for the Lower House.”
Senator Wang said the inquiry enabled the recommendations of two parliamentary committees dating back five years, for the merits of a National Integrity Commission to be investigated.
The Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission will inquire and report on the need for an independent federal body to tackle all facets of institutional, organisational, political and individual corruption.