This is bigger than the banks

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After more than 10,000 public submissions and over 68 days of testimony, we have the results of the Banking Royal Commission. 

Charging fees to dead people.1 Billing customers for services they never received.2 Using high pressure sales tactics to target First Nations people with expensive products they didn't need.3 

The final report is damning, and the government is scrambling to fix it – but it's clear the Coalition haven't learned their lesson. 

Because in spite of the Royal Commission's success, Attorney General Christian Porter is trying to rush through legislation that would take corruption investigations out of public view and run them in secret, behind closed doors in Canberra. 

Porter wants to rule out a federal corruption watchdog with the same strong investigative powers, public hearings, and public findings that made the Royal Commission into the Big Banks so powerful.4 

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 next week.5 

That's why thousands of us are signing onto a petition right now to send a clear message to Labor and the crossbench: stand strong against corporate pressure and reject the Coalition's toothless watchdog. 

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. And the Big Banks will continue to buy themselves immunity from proper regulation. 

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 next week, 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 – 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.6 

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. 

[1] Banking royal commission: AMP continues to charge dead customers life insurance premiums, ABC News, 18 September 2018. 
[2] Commonwealth Bank to stop 'fees for no service' for most customers, ABC News, 5 February 2018. 
[3] Banking inquiry told Indigenous people exploited by insurance companies, The Guardian, 3 July 2018. 
[4] Coalition's plan for anti-corruption body a 'sham' set up to protect MPs, former judge says, The Guardian, 24 January 2019. 
[5] Coalition's plan for anti-corruption body a 'sham' set up to protect MPs, former judge says, The Guardian, 24 January 2019. 
[6] Coalition passes federal ICAC motion to avoid minority government defeat, The Guardian, 26 November 2018. 
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