|This past month we’ve seen explosive reports of potential money laundering, fast-tracked visa applications and crime gangs linked to Crown Casino.
While the Government has called on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) to investigate the allegations, we at Transparency International Australia are concerned that ACLEI does not have the power, nor the resources, to get to the bottom of this matter.
What’s more, ACLEI’s powers do not clearly allow investigation of politicians, despite the allegations that politicians may have influenced visa approvals.
This scandal, like so many others, points yet again to the need for a strong and comprehensive national anti-corruption agency – one with the power to investigate politicians, determine the terms of their own investigations, and hear directly from the public.
We at TIA will continue to call for a strong national anti-corruption agency and better mechanisms to ensure the highest levels of integrity across our government and parliament.
Read on to learn more about our work this past month, and some up-coming events to get involved in.
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