The Liberal MP from Tasmania Bridget Archer is ready to speak in support of a Federal Integrity Commission bill proposed by Independent MP Helen Haines, as she denounces the government's "inertia " legislation.
Archer, who owns Bass's marginal headquarters in northern Tasmania, said she was "bewildered " by the Morrison government failure to release revised bill to establish Commonwealth Integrity Commission, almost three years after his promise before the last election.
The gThe government has come under pressure from within its ranks and interbank MPs to finalize the bill, with Attorney General Michael ia Cash undertaking consultations after a bill - released last November - was criticized for being too soft.
"I really have a strong opinion that this is the most important thing we do have to do, "Archer told Guardian Australia.
" I'm a little puzzled on some level as to why we haven't presented something thing, I accept that there was a draft bill, there was extensive consultation, there was a number of submissions ... and I expected a job either in progress to draft it, considering the comments.
"I'm a little offended, d 'In a way, that we prioritize - in haste I might add - the religious discrimination bill over an integrity commission. "
Archer said she was " relatively "ready to cross the floor to support the legislation for a Federal Integrity Commission introduced by Indi member, Helen Haines, which was approved by the Center for Public Integrity as the best role model in the country .
"To be perfectly clear, I always reserve the right to cross the room, that's one of the reasons I sit on this side [of the Liberal Party] "said Archer.
" J I certainly thought that the government and the opposition should work together constructively with Helen Haineson his bill. What's in there that we think is good? What is there in there that we could amend?
"There is real tribalism in politics right now and I think it is sometimes comes at the expense of governance, and what I think we end up with is inertia. This is probably the reason why the government did not come up with it, because it is now so politically contested and it only creates a vacuum, and there is inertia. "
Archer said she believed the integrity commission bill should be “above politics.” She said without a multi-stakeholder approach to developmentimplementation and implementation of such a body, "no one will trust it anyway ".
"I don't It doesn't matter if this is the government bill or the Helen Haines bill we start with, but we need to have a non-partisan or multi-party approach to this issue or it is doomed to be. failure no matter what we end up with, "said Archer.
" We should relatively introduce legislation for a Federal Integrity Commission. It should s This is a prior issue for the government, but it should also be brought forward and considered, it really needs to be considered. was quickly echoed by Curtin Seat Liberal MP Celia Hammond, who said the creation of a federal agency for integrity was a prerequisiteestion that had been raised by his constituents since his first election in 2019.
"This is something that I support and that I have defended during the past two years and continue to do so, "Hammond told Guardian Australia.
" I recognize that there are many different bodies and models across Australia - and many different perspectives on what should and shouldn't be included and covered.
"I know the Attorney General undertook significant consultation and work on this issue - with the aim of producing a model and legislation appropriate for the federal context. I understand that further consultation is needed, but personally I would like the legislation to be introduced as soon as possible. ”
Haines lobbied MPs to support her bill, with the proposed modelincluding "all the robust features of an integrity commission with teeth, and guarantees that mean we don't see vexatious and frivolous referrals".
The legislation also includes a disclaimer, which would see anyone whose reputation has been unfairly tarnished by an Australian Federal Integrity Commission hearing reported to parliament. 'exonerating.
At Question Time Wednesday, in response to a question from Haines, Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the delay in the publication of legislation for the integrity commission, claiming the government wa s reverting to "priority legislation" after being hijacked by the pandemic response.
" The Attorney General worked regularly and with the cabinet on our bill for an integrity commission, and whichra also available soon for people to give their answers, and we'll see if that has any support, ”Morrison said.
Haines said if the government "really wanted to pass a bill ", he would have drafted it, tabled it and submitted it for debate.
"This is what I 've done, but you shut down debate on my bill in the House, you shut down debate in the Senate, and you muzzled the Attorney General, who is missing, "Haines said.
"Be honest with the people of Australia. Prime Minister, do you honestly expect Australians to believe you really want a strong Integrity Commission?