The Marshall Liberal Government has condemned efforts by the State Labor Opposition to delay the passage of legislation enabling the ICAC Commissioner to conduct hearings into serious or systemic misconduct and maladministration in public.
“By referring this Bill to a Parliamentary Committee Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas is demonstrating his complete contempt for the will of the South Australian electorate and victims of the Oakden scandal,” said Attorney General Vickie Chapman.
“The Marshall Liberal Government was elected promising open ICAC hearings into systemic misconduct and maladministration in South Australia; the Labor Party was defeated opposing that important reform.
“The former Labor Government fought tooth and nail to prevent the ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander conducting his hearings into the Oakden scandal in public, despite Mr Lander specifically requesting that option.
“By opposing open ICAC hearings into the Oakden scandal Labor put their political interests before the interests of the elderly residents at Oakden, their families and the wider community.”
The amendment to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012provides the Commissioner with the discretion to hold public hearings into potential issues of serious or systematic maladministration or misconduct in public administration.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to improving transparency and accountability of all levels of government including the ICAC,” said Ms Chapman.
“It is incredible that the Labor Party are pushing their secret state agenda from the opposition benches.
“It’s time for the obstructionist and secretive Malinauskas Labor Opposition to get out of the way and give the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption the powers that he says he needs.”