The people of Indi rightfully expect a high standard of ethical behaviour from their representative as someone who will act in the public interest, respect the trust the community has placed in them and involve them in informed decision-making. Politicians hold immense responsibility and they are entrusted to represent their constituents' views and to use public resources for the betterment of society, rather than a select few. That is why I have signed the Politicians’ Pledge to uphold these values if elected.
Trust in government and Australian democracy is declining and people expect politicians and public servants to be properly held to account for any misconduct in public office. Yet despite all the states having anti-corruption commissions, there is still no federal integrity commission with adequate powers and resourcing to do the job properly. The current legislation prevents members of the public reporting corruption, limits investigation to criminal-level offences and is insufficiently funded.
- I support the creation of a National Integrity Commission. I will carry on the vital work done by Cathy McGowan to establish a commission that has both the appropriate powers - such as the power to hold public hearings and publish findings - and adequate funding to effectively deal with political and public sector misconduct and corruption.
- I have signed the Politicians’ Pledge and commit to advancing the public interest before any personal, sectarian or partisan interest.