The Select Committee on an Independent Integrity Commission released today an issues paper to assist individuals and organisations to prepare written submissions to its inquiry. Specifically, the Committee was established by the Assembly on 15 December 2016 to consider the feasibility of the establishment of an independent integrity commission in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
The Paper in particular, considers the question of what would be ‘the most effective and efficient model’ by reviewing present arrangements in other Australian jurisdictions. The Paper can be accessed at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/select_committees/an-Independent-Integrity-Commission/Inquiry-into-an-Independent-Integrity-Commission
‘While the Committee does not have a particular view at this time about the powers or features that an integrity commission for the ACT might have, as an initial criteria, the Paper employs a list of possible powers and features for integrity commissions set out by Prenzler and Faulkner in their paper, Towards a Model Public Sector Integrity Commission (2010) which, in their terms, would constitute a model commission’, the Committee Chair, Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, said.
The Committee is calling for written submissions to the Inquiry. The Inquiry’s terms of reference (T of R) are available at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/select_committees/an-Independent-Integrity-Commission. Submissions should address some or all of the T of R. The call for submissions closes on Friday 19 May 2017.
Whilst setting out a comparative analysis of legislative frameworks that presently have a designated integrity body or commission, the Paper also provides an overview of integrity arrangements in Australia, including detail on the current integrity framework in the Australian Capital Territory; jurisdiction of integrity bodies; and integrity framework design and choice.
The Committee Chair added, ‘the opportunity to consider the effectiveness of the existing integrity framework in the Territory to prevent and respond to corruption and the merits of establishing an independent integrity body tasked with this purpose is important. Some of the questions that arise from the issues paper include: (i) what powers or features an integrity body in the ACT might have; (ii) its jurisdiction or scope; and (iii) how a designated body might articulate with the current ACT public sector and parliamentary integrity framework’.
‘The Committee encourages interested individuals and key stakeholder groups and organisations to make a written submission to this important inquiry’, Mr Rattenbury MLA concluded. Further information on the Inquiry is available at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/select_committees/an-Independent-Integrity-Commission
STATEMENT ENDS—Monday 27 March 2017
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