Sunday, August 17, 2014
Time to stand for integrity
With trust in government down, down down and support for democracy itself in decline, how federal politicians might dance around integrity related topics in coming months will surely be a sight to see. It is not just that we don't have a national integrity commission. Political donation and lobbying laws and rules are inadequate as well. In May when The Greens bill to establish an integrity commission came on for brief debate, government speakers weren't having a bar of it. As Bob Bottom recounted two years ago in The Australian it's been talked about for 30 years. The time has surely come. The holes in our integrity system are a national scandal.