Open Letter: 59 Eminent Australians & Legal Fraternity call on PM to Fulfil Election Promise and Legislate National Integrity Commission
59 eminent Australians, former Judges and members of the legal fraternity have penned an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, calling for the urgent establishment of a National Integrity Commission, citing the Government’s election promise to have such a body legislated within 12 months of taking office.
Signatories to the open letter include The Hon Mary Gaudron QC, former justice of the High Court, The Hon Tony Fitzgerald AC QC, former Federal Court judge and head of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, and former Liberal opposition leader John Hewson.
The open letter states in part:
“Last election all sides of politics promised to legislate an integrity commission. In fact, the Government promised ‘it’ll be done a lot quicker than the promise those opposite made as to when they would do it; it’ll be a lot quicker than the 12 months that they promised’”
“This was one of several ‘priority reforms’ that the Government would be ‘working to achieve early in the 46th Parliament.
“In the current climate, we understand that priorities can change. However, the Government has kept the Australian public waiting for 922 days, and has found time to tackle a great number of the Government’s self-described priorities outside of the coronavirus response – but has yet to find time for this one.