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Greens plan for honesty and integrity in politics

Media Release
Christine Milne 1 Sep 2013

The Australian Greens today launched a plan to keep federal politicians honest. "Voters must be able to trust politicians, but you can't trust Labor or Tony Abbott to be honest unless it is in their own interests, or in the interests of their big business mates," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"It is time we restored honesty and integrity in politics which is why the Greens have a plan to lift the standards of government.

"The Australian Greens want to end the ‘deals for mates' culture.

"We want to end the revolving door between business and politics and its potential for public sector corruption.

"Every state has an anti-corruption commission to investigate corruption except the federal government.

"Every time a wrongdoing is exposed, one-off reviews or ad-hoc investigations are launched.

"It is time we had a permanent commission to prevent corruption and investigate claims as they arise.

"The Greens already have a bill before parliament to create an anti-corruption commission and we will be working hard in the Senate to establish this commission after the 7th September.

"We also want to clamp down on lobbyists and ministerial conflicts of interest to stop former politicians using their connections to get what they want.

"That's why the Greens will move to introduce a legally enforceable code of conduct that will impose a five year ban on ministers taking jobs as lobbyists.

"We will also impose a two-year ban on ministers being involved in private enterprise post politics if it is related to their ministerial connections.

"Finally, the Greens wants to extend the whistleblower protection laws to cover the offices of members of parliament and employees in the private sector.

"It is clear Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Warren Truss do not want public scrutiny on federal politics.

"The Greens are the only party you can trust to keep politicians honest."


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