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Liberals, Labor dodge vote on national ICAC

The Australian Greens say it's outrageous that other parties are shielding the federal parliament and public service from corruption investigations, by refusing to vote on the creation of a national version of ICAC.

"I am disgusted that Labor and the Abbott government have joined forces to stand in the way of a national ICAC and I think Australians will be too," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Labor and Coalition silent on national ICAC

Ahead of the push for a vote on a national ICAC in the Senate tomorrow morning, the Australian Greens say both Labor and Tony Abbott's Liberals have failed to declare a position on the national anti-corruption legislation.

"We need to take urgent action on corruption and we can. It's never been more obvious that we need a national ICAC," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"What are Labor and the Coalition hiding from?

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Greens push for urgent vote on national ICAC

Parliament resumes next week and the Australian Greens will use their first opportunity on Thursday to push for a vote on the bill to bring a national anti-corruption body into law.

"We must restore public confidence that corruption is being stamped out. The national ICAC can be established quickly and easily. There can be no excuses from Tony Abbott and the Labor party," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Revelations from ICAC and stories this week around shady political donations leave no room for the old parties to hide.

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Speech: Senator Sinodinos must explain Australian Water Holdings dealings

Penny Wright 19 Mar 2014

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (10:57):  I rise to speak in support of this motion on behalf of the Australian Greens. This is a motion calling on Assistant Treasurer Senator Sinodinos:

... to immediately attend the Chamber to provide the Senate with a full explanation of his dealings as a director of Australian Water Holdings, with particular reference to political donations, his shareholdings and his role in contract negotiations ... and his statement made in the Senate on 28 February 2013 and reaffirmed during question time on 6 March 2014;

The motion goes on to say:

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Greens plan for honesty and integrity in politics

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.

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