Andrew McIntosh | Letters, Nov 23, 2012. Colourful campaign

Colourful campaign

IT IS now clear that The Age‘s desire to campaign against the Coalition government’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission knows no bounds (”With flies in their eyes”, Comment, 22/11).

MPs are not exempt from IBAC investigation. IBAC may accept complaints about any of Victoria’s 250,000 public-sector employees, including MPs and ministers. The application of the new Protected Disclosure Bill to MPs mirrors the arrangements in place under the Whistleblower Protection Act it will replace. Eric Dyrenfurth based his colourful objections on inaccuracies and incorrect legal analysis. Mr Dyrenfurth is so determined to criticise IBAC that he even takes issue with our efforts to improve and broaden oversight of these bodies, and their use of serious investigatory powers.

None of this should come as any surprise, though. In July, Dyrenfurth traduced the reputation of acting IBAC commissioner Ron Bonighton (”I spy an odd appointment”, Comment, 5/7), apparently for no other reason than the fact Mr Bonighton is not a lawyer. In Dyrenfurth’s smug analysis, this is sufficient to make one a second-class citizen, incapable of decent and dedicated public service. Yesterday’s piece was no less inaccurate or bizarre.

Andrew McIntosh, Victorian minister responsible for the establishment of an anti-corruption commission

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