Decision Maker Response

Bill Shorten’s response

Feb 13, 2017 — Gday Graeme, and the 82,000 Australians who have signed your petition calling for an federal ICAC.

Graeme, you start your petition by saying “I am so so sick of it.” You talk about former Health Minister Susan Ley’s trips to the gold coast, and Julie Bishop’s expenses for polo matches.

Well, I’m sick of it too. To have Government Ministers misusing public funds is appalling, especially while they’re demanding families cop cuts to medicare, school funding, and family payments.

I hear you, and I write to say that today, Labor is taking action. I’ve just returned from the Parliament chamber, where I introduced a Private Member’s Bill and spoke about Labor’s plan for reform. You call for a Federal ICAC. Labor has moved to establish a senate inquiry to take a look at exactly that.

My speech here lays out our plan:

Keep in touch on Facebook so I can keep you updated on our progress.

One question you might have is “why start with a committee?” Why not just introduce an ICAC right now?

Well, we want to make sure this is done right. We want to look at how the state ICACs are running, what lessons we can learn from them, and whether it’s better to introduce a new body or change existing laws. It’s important to get this right, and a committee inquiry is the parliamentary process to do that.

The Senate inquiry Labor has moved to establish will accept public submissions. Your advocacy is important to that process, and I’ll let you know on Facebook when that’s open.

Keep up the good work.

Bill Shorten,
Leader of the Opposition.