In most jurisdictions, politics seems to bring out the worst in politicians! The Auditor General’s inquiry announced yesterday into the Liu citizenship award in 2008 is unlikely to reflect well on New Zealand politicians. Some part of Australian politics always seems to be in a corruption spotlight. A consequence perhaps is the support by moves by the Greens parties in both countries to introduce a national anti corruption agency.
Senator Xenophon said he would aim to have legislation introduced next month. The Leader of the Opposition has indicated that the bill will not be supported.
Several bloggers regularly advocate the necessity of an ICAC-equivalent if New Zealand is to lessen the instances of corruption.