Labor Weak on Integrity

25 Nov 2009 12:21 PMJann Stuckey

25 November 2009

Jann Stuckey, Member for Currumbin has accused the Bligh Government of being weak on Integrity for voting down an LNP Private Members Bill which called for a Royal Commission into Labor’s inappropriate conduct over the past eleven years.

During this week’s sitting of Parliament a cognate debate was held on the Government’s Integrity Bill and the LNP’s Bill, Commission of Inquiry (Corruption, Cronyism, and Unethical Behaviour) Amendment Bill.

The Integrity Bill 2009 was a result of the Integrity and Accountability in Queensland Green Paper which was released in August 2009.

“The considerable reforms that resulted from the Fitzgerald Inquiry have slowly been eroded away and secrecy re-established by this Labor Government,” said Ms Stuckey

“This legislation wasted a golden opportunity for the Bligh Government to convince Queenslanders of its genuine concern for political reform,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Changes within the Integrity Bill only scrape the surface and do not penetrate the deeper level of dishonesty and cronyism that is riddled throughout the Bligh Government.

“Around 220 submissions were received offering a variety of recommendations to the Bligh Government on how to improve their accountability and transparency, yet most were omitted.

“It is typical of this Government, so full of their own self importance, that they ignored key recommendations from respected bodies such as the CMC, the Ombudsman and the Clerk of the Parliament.

“Undoubtedly the Premier will drip feed recommendations from this report over the next 12 months or so with a series of new bills to make sure she grabs as much media as she can. 

“Integrity is a noble word and one that should not be used loosely nor used for blatant political gain.

“The only way that Queenslanders will get an open and honest Government will be with an LNP win at the next election.

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