A federal corruption watchdog needs to be set up “as a matter of urgency”, the New England Seniors United Party’s candidate says.
Former SAS officer, Warwick Stacey, called for the establishment of a federal independent commission against corruption (ICAC), to weed out the bad eggs.
“Over the past decade we have seen a dismal line of politicians and public officials paraded by state-based corruption watchdogs such as the NSW ICAC,” Mr Stacey said.
“This has included three ministers in the previous Labor government and eleven state Liberal MPs in the Baird Liberal government.”
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Mr Stacey said Tony Fitzgerald, the former head of the Fitzgerald Inquiry into public corruption in Queensland, developed a questionnaire to test MPs about their attitudes towards accountability, integrity, nepotism, deception and the spending of public money.
But the response from federal MPs was underwhelming, with just 53 of the 226 responding to the questionnaire and signing up to the so-called “Fitzgerald Principles”.
Mr Stacey said the fact that so few federal politicians agreed to commit to the principles is a demonstration of blatant contempt for the standards the law demands of business and society, as well as contempt for electors.
”With just 23 per cent of politicians signing up to the Fitzgerald Principles it is no wonder the public has lost faith and trust in federal politicians and institutions,” he said.
The Fitzgerald Principles
- To act honourably and fairly and solely in the public interest
- To treat all citizens equally
- To tell the truth
- Not to mislead or deceive
- Not to withhold or obfuscate information to which voters are entitled
- Not to spend public money except for public benefit
- Not to use your position or information gained from your position for your benefit or the benefit of a family member, friend, political party or other related entity