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Labor’s state identity crisis solved in ICAC Bill

May 25, 2012

Hon Stephen Wade MLC

Shadow Attorney General
Shadow Minister for Justice


Labor’s state identity crisis solved in ICAC Bill
SA: the Secret State

The Weatherill Government is clear about what they think South Australia’s national and international brand should be: SA the Secret State.

Labor has not consulted with key stakeholders on the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Bill.

The proposed laws involve significant changes for local government, however the Local Government Association was not consulted on the Bill.

The Association wrote to Members of Parliament to express their disappointment and point out that the lack of consultation is in breach of undertakings.

When the Liberal Opposition requested copies of the submissions Labor received from its public consultation, only half were provided.

Furthermore, Labor committed to making submissions publicly available on their website, but none have been published so far.

“The ICAC was launched amid commitments for transparency, yet Labor continues to arrogantly pursue a closed shop approach,” Shadow Attorney-General Stephen Wade said.

“How are South Australians meant to have confidence in the Weatherill Labor Government when Labor is intent on keeping everyone in the dark, including the Parliament?

"Labor is living in denial. On one hand they are claiming that corruption doesn’t exist in South Australia. On the other, they announce there are more than 45 organised crime gangs and 500 organised criminals operating under their watch.

“In the last four years, there has been a 10 per cent increase in the membership of outlaw motorcycle gangs.

“You can’t have it both ways,” Mr Wade said.

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