Ensuring confidence in government accountability

NT Government

The Territory Labor government is ensuring there is confidence in public administration and institutions.

Today the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2023 has been introduced to parliament.

The newly introduced Bill ensures the ICAC has sufficient powers in line with modern practice to meet public expectations and maintain confidence in government accountability.

The Bill is a result of extensive consultation including a discussion paper, community consultation meetings and an exposure draft bill.

Among other things, the Bill strengthens Journalist Shield laws when it comes to the ICAC, increases reporting and protects whistle blowers and witnesses.

Importantly, the Bill also clarifies the intention for the ICAC to investigates matters of the most serious, systemic and sensitive improper conduct, and refer matters that don’t reach this threshold to a referral entity that is more suited to investigate these types of matters.

Quotes attributable to Chief Minister Natasha Fyles:

“It is important the Office of the ICAC is above politics, it must be and be seen to be impartial and free of political bias.

“This Bill is designed to optimise the legislative framework for the highest level of integrity in government, whilst ensuring the rights of individuals are protected.

“Changes to legislation will ensure the most serious, systemic and sensitive improper conduct is investigated and give the public confidence in government.”

Northern Territory Government

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