Immediately adopt ICAC’s lobbying rules – end this era of corruption
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The extent of corruption in NSW politics being revealed is pretty shocking. These politicians have been taking the public for a ride. But what's unbelievable is that some of ICAC's key recommendations to end this era of corruption are still stalled.
Today, there have been more headlines about the corruption surrounding NSW politics: "Liberal MPs used law firm to launder donation funds, ICAC hears" – and it's resulted in an MP standing aside already this week.
And yet the NSW government is still sitting on the ICAC recommendation that Ministers declare publicly the meetings they have so the public can see who is influencing important decisions. It's exactly what other democratic leaders like Campbell Newman, Barack Obama, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron do – because it's just basic transparency.
So far, Premier Mike Baird has been silent. I think we deserve better –publishing his meeting schedule is one easy thing the Premier can do to show he's serious about ending this rotten cycle of politics.
It's shameful to think our politicians could keep up the secrecy around political meetings and lobbying that fed this corruption in the first place.
Agreeing to greater transparency is the first step to ending the corruption and cronyism that has infested NSW politics. Please sign my petition asking the new Premier of NSW to release their meeting schedules and start bringing back a bit of honesty to politics.
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