Public Consultation Sessions Arranged For Imminent ICAC

Public Consultation Sessions Arranged For Imminent ICAC

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles

Restoring Trust As Territorians Have Their Say On ICAC

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory (NT) Government is urging all Territorians to have their say on the proposed model for an NT Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles released draft legislation for the anti-corruption watch dog this week.

“We promised we would establish an ICAC to restore trust in government and we are delivering.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“After 4 years of CLP chaos in Government where they fought against introducing an ICAC, we are making it happen.”

“New ICAC will help change the culture of the Territory and better protect the community from the misuse of power and authority, which too often has gone unchecked.”

“This is a very important piece of legislation and Territorians have a right to rigorously test this Bill before it goes to Parliament in August.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“That’s why we’ve publicly released the legislation, fact sheets and explanatory notes to help Territorians work through this complex draft legislation and provide feedback.”

Public Consultation Sessions have been arranged for:

  • Katherine          Monday 3 July
  • Tennant Creek Wednesday 5 July
  • Alice Springs    Thursday 6 July
  • Darwin              Monday 10 July
  • Nhulunbuy       Wednesday 12 July

Public consultations will also include a meeting in rural Darwin, with a date and venue to be confirmed in coming days.

Attorney-General Fyles said the information sessions will highlight key points of the draft legislation and experts will be available to answer questions.

“Territorians deserve a government they can trust and we are delivering that by creating an ICAC that is powerful enough to seek out corruption and to make sure that it is appropriately dealt with.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“Community consultation will ensure we strike the right balance between power, protections and accountability in the NT ICAC.”

Online submissions are being accepted until the 26th July 2017 and legislation will be introduced to Parliament in August 2017 before going to a Parliamentary Committee for Scrutiny.

The new ICAC will be established by the middle of next year.

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