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Preliminary Pages

Membership of the Committee

Chair

Mr Graham Perrett MP

 

Deputy Chair

The Hon. Judi  Moylan MP

 

Members

Mr Shayne Neumann MP

 

 

Ms Michelle Rowland (from 14/08/12)

Ms Laura Smyth MP

 

 

The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP

Mr Mike Symon MP (until 14/08/12)

Mr Ross Vasta MP

 

Supplementary Members

Mr Josh Frydenberg MP

Mr Dan Tehan MP

 

Committee Secretariat

 

Secretary

Dr Anna Dacre

Inquiry Secretary

Ms Natalya Wells



Terms of reference

On 31 May 2012 the Selection Committee of the House of Representatives referred the National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2012 for inquiry and report.

 

List of abbreviations and acronyms

 

2010 Brown Bill

National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2010

ALRC

Australian Law Reform Commission

Integrity Bill

The National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2012

LCA

Law Council of Australia

LEIC Act

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 (Cth)

PID Bill

Public Interest Disclosure Bill

Royal Commissions Act

Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth)


List of recommendations

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that the House Selection Committee request a ruling from the Speaker of the House on the status of the National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2012 prior to its debate.

 

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends that the National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2012 not proceed prior to the establishment of a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee to investigate the feasibility and cost of establishing a National Integrity Commission, taking into account the following matters:

  • the threshold issue of desirability of such a commission;

  • the extent of the powers granted to the Commissioners; and

  • related reforms such as the review of the Royal Commissions Act 1902, the report on Australia’s compliance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the results of public consultation on the National Anti-Corruption Plan, and the outcome of debate on the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2012.

     

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