- June 02, 2010
UPDATE 3.15pm: AN anti-corruption commission will be established in Victoria under a major backflip by the Brumby Labor government.
Premier John Brumby announced a major overhaul of the state’s corruption bodies today, including the creation of a new Victorian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (VIACC).
The new body will investigate allegations of serious misconduct and corruption in the public sector and local government.
It will be headed by a new public sector integrity commissioner as well as the director of police integrity and the chief municipal inspector.
The government will also establish a parliamentary integrity commissioner who will investigate complaints on the conduct of MPs and taxpayer-funded employees.
The overhaul is in response to a review by former senior public servant Elizabeth Proust, which found there were gaps in the current system.
Mr Brumby described the new oversight bodies as a “oad map to take our integrity reform agenda forward”.
Mr Brumby had previously been a hardline opponent of the establishment of an independent anti-corruption commission, previously describing them as a “lawyers’ picnic”.
But in recent days he has admitted it may be time for a change in the way Victoria’s corruption fighting bodies work.
The Opposition had pledged to immediately establish an ICAC if they were elected.