A gift for corrupt politicians

Published: Comments:
Australian Government Law & Safety Money & Finance Political Surveys & Your Say

Social:   
The Coalition's proposed corruption watchdog is a complete "sham" designed to protect corrupt politicians – according to a former judge of Victoria's highest court.1 

He's not the only one. Senior lawyers, judges and even the former NSW anti-corruption commissioner, have come out in force to label Attorney-General Christian Porter's proposal a "disaster".2 And it's not hard to see why. 

Operating completely behind closed doors, with limited powers, no ability to investigate public complaints, and no public visibility of its findings – it'll do more to help cover up corruption than to expose it.3 

But the Coalition can't pass their sham proposal alone. Labor, the Greens and the entire crossbench have committed to genuine reform – but they'll face enormous political pressure from corporate interests and the Coalition to wave through this toothless watchdog when Parliament returns in February.4 

That's where you come in. If thousands of us sign a petition rejecting Porter's sham watchdog, we can prove that ordinary people want our leaders to stand strong against corporate pressure and vote down the Coalition's worse-than-nothing proposal. 

We need to show Labor and the crossbench that we're paying attention to the details – and we don't like what we see in the fine print. 

Will you sign the petition calling on Labor and the crossbench to throw out the Coalition's sham watchdog, and demand our politicians get serious about stamping out corruption? 

From the Fitzgerald Inquiry in Queensland to ICAC in New South Wales, we've seen corruption watchdogs take down MPs, State Premiers and even governments, when they've abused their power and betrayed our trust. 

But the Coalition's toothless watchdog is nothing more than a smoke screen. It won't have any of the powers required to root out corruption. 

Government ministers who abuse their powers to provide favours for their mates will continue to go uninvestigated. Huge mining corporations like Adani will be able to continue buying political influence to wreck our climate and our reef. 

That's why the Coalition's sham watchdog is so dangerous. And that's why together we must demand a corruption watchdog with enough powers to root out corruption at every turn. 

But with Parliament returning in just a couple of weeks, it'll take thousands of us standing up right now to send a message straight to Canberra: if politicians won't hold themselves to account – then we will do it for them. 

Can you sign the petition demanding Parliament replace Attorney-General Porter's sham proposal with a corruption watchdog that will truly tackle political corruption? 

For too long our democracy has been corrupted by corporate interests, political nepotism, and the revolving door of business lobbyists. And our communities have paid the price. 

But there is hope. Genuine reform proposals are before Parliament as we speak. Independent MP Cathy McGowan has introduced legislation that would create a strong corruption watchdog. It has support from the ALP, Greens and the entire crossbench.5 

And if we want to live in a society where politicians no longer serve their corporate donors, but rather the communities they are elected to represent – we have to do everything we can to ensure Labor and the crossbench don't trade genuine reform for the Coalition's sham. 

Click here to add your name to the call for Labor and the crossbench to reject the Coalition's toothless watchdog. 

Change doesn't come from governments. It comes from everyday people standing together and fighting for a better society. Together, let's fix the system. 

In determination, 

Ed, Jai, Patrick and Ezreena - for the GetUp team. 

References 
[1] Coalition's plan for anti-corruption body a 'sham' set up to protect MPs, former judge says, The Guardian, 24 January 2019. 
[2] Federal anti-corruption body must have power to make arrests and conduct searches, judges say, The Guardian, 23 January 2019; Senior lawyers slam Federal Government integrity commission model as 'a disaster', ABC News, 14 December 2018. 
[3] Government's proposed federal ICAC 'a sham', say former senior judges, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 2019. 
[4] Ibid. 
[5] Coalition passes federal ICAC motion to avoid minority government defeat, The Guardian, 26 November 2018. 
 
GetUp! Australia :
PO Box A105, Sydney South, NSW, 1235, Australia Wide
GetUp! Australia
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
You've upset the Prime Minister! 20 August 2019 | It's been just days since Morrison launched his attack, and already GetUp members have taken the media by storm. Check out some of the letters to the editor that have come out so far! More information...
Scott Morrison just declared war on GetUp 18 August 2019 | In a shocking speech today, Scott Morrison maligned thousands of GetUp members with false accusations of bullying, misogyny and anti-semitism in the election.1 More information...
It's the best weapon we've got 06 August 2019 | But as the Government expands their false debt attacks on flood survivors and the parents of deceased children – we need to expand and help challenge thousands more. If enough of us chip in we can turn FraudStop... More information...
Morrison sabotages Newstart 24 July 2019 | The rate of Newstart is so low that recipients are forced to skip meals or forego medications just to survive. The payment is so dire that everyone from John Howard, Barnaby Joyce and the Business Council of... More information...
ABC: Enemy of the state 16 July 2019 | "The ABC are our enemies". That's a direct quote from a Liberal National Party conference last weekend, right before they voted in favour of "enforce[ing]... balanced debate" at our National Broadcaster.1 More information...
Setting our agenda, together 13 July 2019 | There's no question that corporate lobbyists, billionaires, and the Murdoch Press are setting this Government's agenda. For our movement to defend the things we hold dear, it's time we set our own. More information...
I've been trying to write this since Thursday 18 June 2019 | By now, you'll have seen Adani has been granted their crucial groundwater approval. I won't lie, it's a bitter blow. It has no consent from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners. It flies in the face of... More information...
The election campaign you didn't see... 10 June 2019 | Aboriginal voters in remote communities want to have a say. They're tired of being taken for granted by candidates who can't be bothered to come and explain their policies. More information...
Silencing critics and ignoring the law – the Adani story 06 June 2019 | Adani has been caught red-handed undertaking illegal works at its mine site... again.1 More information...
ABC RAIDS: worse than you think 05 June 2019 | This raid is not an isolated incident – it's the latest in an an escalating trend. The AFP have already raided another journalist this week – spending over eight hours in her home – because she reported on... More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service