21 Aug 2017
Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
The Territory Labor Government is delivering on a major election commitment with legislation to create an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) introduced to parliament this week.
The Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison said the ICAC is critical to delivering good governance in the Territory.
“Territorians want and deserve a government they can trust,” Ms Manison said.
“We promised Territorians we would build an anti-corruption watchdog to investigate corruption and we are delivering.
Minister Manison said four years of chaos under the former CLP government has eroded trust in government.
“This draft legislation establishes a strong and independent ICAC with retrospective powers to seek out corruption at any level,” Ms Manison said.
“The ICAC will prevent corruption, improve public confidence that corruption will be dealt with appropriately, encourage the reporting of corruption and protect whistle-blowers.
“An exposure draft was put out to the public in June, with feedback accepted until July 26th.
“The ICAC legislation will now be introduced to parliament and will be the first legislation to go before the Territory Labor Government’s new Scrutiny Committees system.”
The Territory Labor Government has also taken important steps to make the Territory safer with the Parole Amendment Bill hoped to pass this week.
Minister Manison said amendments to the Parole Act will help to break the cycle of crime by introducing a program where parolees can be imprisoned or sanctioned without having their parole order revoked.
“Parolees are encouraged to self-regulate in a community environment with intense scrutiny and clearly outlined punishments that are swiftly enforced,” Ms Manison sai.d
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