What if the ACT had an ICAC?

A comment by CCV’s Tony Harris

The manner in which the Barr government removed Brendan Smyth from the opposition benches, and perhaps the real motive for that move (CT July 21, Ex-Labor Minister blasts Smyth appointment) mirrors the Greiner government’s appointment of Terry Metherell to a position in the NSW public service.

The Greiner government wanted to secure Metherell’s resignation from the NSW Legislative Assembly to shore up its minority position in the Assembly. The major difference is that the Metherell affair attracted the attention of NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption. If the ACT had such a body, the Smyth appointment might never have happened.

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