Public ICAC Hearings

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Team will enact legislation enabling the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption to choose to hold a public hearing when investigating matters relating to maladministration and misconduct.

The Problem

South Australians have become accustomed to their government running a secret state.

In 2012, Parliament enacted the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act, appointing a Commissioner to investigate public administration corruption and misconduct by government officials.

This was a key Liberal Party policy, safeguarding and enhancing confidence in the integrity of public administration in South Australia.

Whilst having an Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is key to transparency, the current model does not allow investigations into maladministration and misconduct to be made public if it is in the public interest to do so.

The severe failings by staff and the government at the Oakden Aged Health Facility highlight the need for transparent justice in South Australia when investigating such serious matters.

South Australians should not be left in the dark any longer.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Team will enact legislation enabling the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption to choose to hold a public hearing when investigating matters relating to maladministration and misconduct.

As we witnessed in the Oakden Aged Health Facility scandal, many acts of maladministration and misconduct affect large groups of South Australians. It is important that the Commissioner has the power to choose, in these specific cases, to make the hearing open, transparent and available to the public.

State Liberals condemn the secretive nature of our state government and are focussed on offering the Commissioner the power to conduct an open and public investigation into serious misconduct and maladministration.

Part of our plan for SA