The need for a national ICAC and political donation reform is in the spotlight again following news that a Turnbull government MP has been called before a Queensland corruption inquiry, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert has been ordered to appear before the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission’s inquiry into claims of questionable political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“A similar inquiry cannot be conducted at the federal level as the major parties have blocked the formation of a national corruption watch dog.
“The Coalition and Labor are pathetic that they have not moved on this essential reform.
“Mr Roberts was sacked as a Turnbull government minister over his involvement with dubious political donations from players associated with the mining industry.
“One of those donors, mining mogul Paul Marks, has had open door access to senior MPs and top bureaucrats thanks to Mr Robert.
“The Robert’s saga illustrates why a national ICAC is needed.
“The Turnbull government’s failure to set up a national body to fight corruption might have blocked any investigation into the Robert saga, but it has added to public cynicism about the motivations of the Prime Minister.
“Formation of a national ICAC and far reaching electoral funding reforms are long overdue,” Senator Rhiannon said.