Greens push for federal anti-corruption body
WHILE the New South Wales' corruption hearings on political donation have hit the pause button, The Greens have urged major federal political parties to press play on a federal anti-corruption body.
Greens leader Senator Christine Milne made the call this week, after months of revelations of questionable donations and political deals emerging from NSW.
The call comes as controversy continues to abound in Queensland as well, with the Newman Government seeking controversial reforms to its Crime and Misconduct Commission.
But the ramifications of the state inquiries showed it was time federal politics stepped to "restore public confidence that corruption is being stamped out", Sen Milne said.
The Greens have had a bill before parliament since before the September election for a new National Integrity Commission to do just that, but it has failed to get wider support.
"The Labor party and Tony Abbott's Liberals can't pretend that corrupt activity is limited only to New South Wales, or to one particular party," Sen Milne said.
"It's beyond time for the other parties to get behind this and restore public confidence in the political system."
The minor party will push for a vote on the bill next week when parliament resumes in Canberra, but may face an uphill battle getting others in the capital to back it.
If enacted, it would see a new commission created that would proactively seek out potential cases of corruption or wrong-doing at the national political level.
But while both Labor and the Coalition have said they would support further measures to tighten the rules around political donations, neither party has yet publicly committed to a new national body.