Our Integrity Commission needs to be truly independent, well-resourced and focussed on keeping Tasmania clean and keen.
We've all heard of it. Someone knows someone, someone turns a blind eye, a decision gets made that should not have been made, or one gets lost in time, meaning nothing ever happens.
We deserve the right to have complete confidence in public administration.
It's not just in how it makes the decisions, it starts back with those who give the advice in the first place.
With 23,000 public servants in Tasmania, it’s about time we moved into the 21st Century by strengthening the Integrity Commission. We need to give real security to the whistle-blowers who call out dodgy behaviour.
It’s time to stop the rot. It affects business confidence, reliability, security and more.
What do we need to do?
A new name for integrity and real power in an Office of State and Public Integrity.
Given the size of our public service, there are too many places for things to get lost and for bad behaviour to hide away. Good people vastly outnumber the bad but in order to root out the problem, we need renewed focus on ethics and real teeth to protect those who take a stand.
The other rapidly growing problem is the culture of fear, as good people are crushed in fighting executive spin. The major parties have both had a culture of spin and hide, compelling good public servants to be silent and prevent them from speaking up when the public relations has been bad news for bad government decisions.
Only the JLN will bring authenticity back to the system.
The Tasmanian Integrity Commission needs to be truly independent, well-resourced and focussed on keeping Tasmania clean and keen.
The new Office of State and Public Integrity will enhance education, investigate and protect.
New measures will include :
Anti-Reprisal Provisions protecting public servants against reprisals for the broadest types of conduct than under fair work laws.
Reversing the onus of proof on whistle-blowers, so government agencies need to prove retaliation didn't happen.
Enabling the ability for the Office to step outside the boundaries of government when it comes to investigations, using private sources to maintain speed in an investigation, including access to what executive spin doctors and ministerial advisors have been up to.
- Anti confidentiality provisions meaning employees cannot be silenced like they have been under the current Government to prevent political embarrassment.