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Senate scandals - will Coalition, Labor now back a National ICAC?

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 3 Nov 2016
The Greens say that the Bob Day saga gives added weight to the already strong case for a federal ICAC. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Greens are renewing their push for a federal anti-corruption body.
"Since June the Greens have called for Day to answer questions about irregularities in donations and loans made from him and his companies to Family First," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Now the spotlight is also on the Liberal-National government, which has serious explaining to do over the approval of a lease agreement for Day's electorate office.
"The Government ignored the Finance Department's clear advice about the transaction, instead entering into a questionable leasing arrangement.
"Now that arrangement is the subject of a messy constitutional dispute, and there are glaring questions around the Government's motivations in ignoring the Finance Department's advice in order to accommodate Day's wishes.
"The case for a federal ICAC is now overwhelming.
"The Greens have been calling for a national anti-corruption body for six years and four terms of government, and the Coalition and Labor have been on a solid unity ticket against it.
"Neither party has been able to explain why an investigative anti-corruption body is not needed at a federal level.
"In April this year Labor and the Coalition joined together to vote down a Greens motion calling for a National Integrity Commission. In May they voted down a motion calling for political donations reform.
"When parliament returns the Greens will renew our push to establish a federal anti-corruption body. It is time all parties recognised the obvious need for one," Senator Rhiannon said.
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