Public ICAC hearings on political agenda

March 07, 2018

The Australian Conservatives have reaffirmed their commitment to allow the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Bruce Lander to conduct public hearings at the commissioner’s
discretion.

The Border Watch newspaper reports following the release of the Oakden Report, Mr Lander called for a change in legislation to allow public ICAC hearings where needed.

Australian Conservatives MLC Dennis Hood said the party sought to change the law in the South Australian Parliament last year and pledged to reintroduce this when parliament
resumes after the election.

“It passed the Upper House but the government put it low on the House of Assembly agenda and it was wiped off when parliament was prorogued at the end of the year to make
way for the election,” he said.

“The Bill we put to the parliament, and will reintroduce, allows for open hearings in cases of maladministration and misconduct."

“Hearings regarding corruption would still be private as to allow legal integrity to remain in case the matter has to be referred to the police or courts," he said.

Picture: ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander

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