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CPSU to Government: Stop undermining the Integrity Commission

TODAY the CPSU supported calls by outgoing Integrity Commission chairman Murray Kellam for the Hodgman government to resource the integrity body so it is able to actively pursue wrongdoing in Tasmanian public life.

CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said  that Tasmanian public sector workers supported a strong, well-resourced and independent watchdog to ensure the highest ethical standards were set and maintained.

“While Mr Kellam may have felt the efforts of the Integrity Commission were not supported by ‘powerful interests in the government or its bureaucracy’ they are supported by the average public sector worker,” Mr Lynch said. The CPSU believes there has never been a more important time for the integrity commission to be closely watching over the actions of government.

“The Hodgman government has undermined long held tendering processes and made ‘unsolicited’ approaches from business an almost standard practice. Such approaches lack transparency and are open to corruption,” Mr Lynch said.

“Public sector workers are reporting an increase in ministerial advisers and spin doctors seeking to influence them directly instead of using the appropriate channels through Heads of Agency. Such practices undermine the ability of the public sector to serve the community rather than just the government of the day and to provide frank and fearless advice.”

The CPSU supports calls for increased funding for the Integrity Commission and for its legislation to be improved to provide it with the teeth that similar bodies in other states enjoy.

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