‘No place to go’: ‘No-one’s going to be safe’
An anti-corruption unit is on the way to investigate whether there is a pattern of corruption in the NSW Premier’s office and the State Government, the NSW Opposition has announced.
The Premier’s Office has been investigated by the Serious Fraud Office and is now a key part of the NSW Anti-Corruption Unit.
The NSW Opposition is calling on the NSW Government to provide more resources to the Anti-corruption Unit, which will be in the spotlight as the Premier prepares to hand over power to his successor, Anthony Albanese.
“If the NSW Liberal Party is going to have a future, it’s not going to involve the Premier’s own office, the Premier and the Deputy Premier, so it’s really important that the Premier provides more resources,” Opposition Leader Luke Foley said.
“It’s no place to be.”
The Premier said he would be looking at what additional resources he could provide to the anti-graft unit and the Government would not be held responsible for its outcome.
Mr Foley said the Opposition was calling on Mr Albanese to set out his plan for the State to stop corruption and to ensure there were no new allegations of corruption.
“The Premier needs to explain his plans for the anti‑corruption unit to the people of NSW, so we can stop the spread of corruption,” he said.
In the past few months, Mr Foley has said the Premier needed to create a new anti-Corporate Integrity Unit.
“In order for him to be able to lead the State, it was essential that he had the resources to implement the anti–corruption unit,” Mr Foley said in April.
“What he’s done has been unprecedented, but there is no excuse for a Government that is now in a situation where the Anti‑Corporate Unit has been under investigation by the SFO.”
Mr Foley described the new anti‑graft operation as an “emergency response” to an ongoing investigation.
“We want to ensure that no one is hiding behind a veil of secrecy,” he told the ABC.
“There is no doubt that the Governor is facing an ongoing corruption scandal involving the NSW Liberals.”‘
No place for a politician to hide’The Premier has also acknowledged there are a number of senior people within his administration who have had an inappropriate relationship with a woman and there will be some changes to the way the Premier conducts business.
“I’m a very clear believer in the need for people to operate in a transparent and accountable manner,” he explained.
“But I’m also clear that we need to be very careful in our handling of the corruption investigations and I think the Premier needs a lot of advice on how he can implement these changes.”
He has no place in the State anymore, and I don’t think the people will accept that.
“In a statement to the ABC, the Opposition said the Attorney-General was not consulted about the new Anti-Graft Unit.”[The Attorney-general] has been clear that he is committed to holding those who have engaged in misconduct to account and he has asked the Premier to ensure any new investigations take place under a different name,” Mr Flemming said.
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