Corruption & Integrity Update – September 2022
, 2022-10-06 15:55:52,
This month’s Corruption & Integrity Update contains a summary of the keenly-awaited National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill, details on the proposed Federal Judicial Commission, highlights from the various annual reports recently published by a number of Queensland’s integrity agencies and provides a recap on the latest information coming out of the Commission of Inquiry into Forensic DNA Testing in Queensland.
National Anti-Corruption Commission
On 28 September 2022, the Federal Attorney-General introduced the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022 (NACC Bill) providing for the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). In its current form, the Bill casts a wide net for this proposed investigative body and includes a broad definition of corrupt conduct, broad jurisdiction to investigate and broad powers to compel the production of information.
Jurisdiction and powers
The NACC Bill looks to provide the NACC Commissioner with a broad jurisdiction to investigate Commonwealth Ministers, parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, heads and employees of Commonwealth agencies, government contractors and their employees, members of the Australian Defence Force, statutory office holders and appointees, officers and directors of Commonwealth companies, and people or bodies providing services, exercising powers or performing functions on behalf of the Commonwealth.
The Bill looks to arm the Commissioner of the NACC with the independence to commence…
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