In 2022, the Federal Parliament passed legislation to establish the National Anti-Corruption Commission, a watchdog that will investigate potential corruption at the highest level. It passed with cross-partisan support. The Commission will be operational by mid 2023.
It is clear the National Anti-Corruption Commission will fill a huge gap in Australia's integrity system.
Altogether, 19,000 people signed Australia Institute petitions calling for an effective anti-corruption watchdog at the federal level. Now, thanks in no small part to your support, the National Anti-Corruption Commission is law.
Read more about the Commission.
To Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
It’s time to create an independent anti-corruption watchdog to investigate and expose corruption and serious misconduct at the federal level, including among federal parliamentarians.
The public is sick and tired of the lack of accountability revealed by repeated scandals involving federal politicians and others.
In NSW where an anti-corruption commission is active, serious cases of corruption in political and government circles have been uncovered. Ongoing federal scandals involving federal politicians, whether concerning breaches of travel entitlements, political donations or otherwise, show that the serious wrongdoing uncovered in NSW is unlikely to be limited to the state governments and state politicians.
This is a national issue that cannot be ignored any longer.
Research shows that corruption hinders growth, increases the cost of doing business, and makes genuine reform on issues we care about more difficult. A new commitment to accountability will not just help our democracy, but our economy.
|Professor Geoff Gallop AC||WA Premier (2001-2006)|
|Nicholas Cowdery AM QC||Former NSW Director Public Prosecutions, barrister, and UNSW Visiting Fellow|
|The Hon Kevin Rozzoli AM||Former speaker NSW Parliament, member Accountability Roundtable|
|The Hon David Harper AM QC||Former judge Supreme Court of Victoria, Senior Fellow Melbourne Law School|
|George Williams AO||Dean, UNSW Law|
|Ged Kearney||President, Australian Council of Trade Unions|
|Andrew Dettmer||National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union|
|Tony Windsor||Former member for New England (2001-2013)|
|Robert Richter QC||Barrister|
|Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards AM, ASSA||ANZSOG Institute for Governance, University of Canberra|
|John Menadue AO||Businessman, public commentator|
|Professor Graeme Orr||Professor of Law UQ|
|Hon Michael Beahan AM||former President of the Australian Senate|
|Emeritus Professor Barbara Pocock||University of South Australia|
|Tony Kenyon||National President, Australian Lawyers Alliance|
|Steven Keim SC||Barrister|
|Carmel Benjamin AM||Director of Accountability Roundtable and Founder, Australian Citizens Against Corruption|
|Corinne Grant||Comedian, writer and author|
|Dr David Morawetz||Economist, Founder and Director of Social Justice Fund|
|Josh Bornstein||Principal, Maurice Blackburn|
|Associate Professor Lynne Chester||University of Sydney|
|Professor Spencer Zifcak||Director, Accountability Round Table|
|Howard Whitton||Visiting Fellow, University of Canberra|
|Ben Slade||Principal, Maurice Blackburn|
|Professor Cameron Hazlehurst||Adjunct Professor, ANU|
|Hon. John Hassett||Retired County Court Judge|
|Jo-Anne Bragg||CEO, Solicitor, EDO Queensland|
|Jonathon Hunyor||CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre|
|Evelyn Doyle||FOI advocate|
|David Barnden||Lawyer, Environmental Justice Australia|
|Dr Andy Schmulow||Senior Lecturer in Law, The University of Western Australia, Advisory Board Member, Australian Citizens Against Corruption (ACAC)|
|Dr Steven Hatcher||Orthopedic surgeon|
|Dr Richard Gould|
|Benedict Coyne||President, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights|
|Dr Christine Hill||Clinical psychologist & Adjunct Research Associate, Monash University|
|The Hon Dr Ken Coghill||Associate Professor, Monash University|
|Dr Colleen Lewis||Adjunct Professor, Monash University|
|Ariane Wilkinson||Lawyer, Environmental Justice Australia|
|John Cain Foundation|
|Ross Knowles||Co-founder and Chair of Ethinvest, Chair Australian Impact Investments, founding co-President Responsible Investment Association Australiasia|
|Emeritus Professor Roger Scott||Executive Director, TJRyan Foundation Queensland|
|John McKinnon||Chair, The Australia Institute|
|Professor Carmen Lawrence||Psychologist, Premier of Western Australia (1990-1993)|
|Kristine Hanscombe QC||Barrister|
|Professor Barry Jones AC||Former National President of the ALP (1992-2000 & 2005-06), Director Accountability Round Table|
We the undersigned urge you to help restore integrity, accountability and trust in the Federal Parliament and Australian Public Service by immediately establishing a Federal Independent Anti-corruption Commission.