Public Submissions For An ICAC Open Until 17 February 2017

Public Submissions For An ICAC Open Until 17 February 2017

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles

An Important Step In Developing ICAC

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory government has taken an important step towards developing an anti-corruption watchdog in the Territory, releasing a discussion paper on whistle-blower protection laws.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Natasha Fyles, is calling for public feedback on the discussion paper.

“Whistle-blower protection will be crucial to the operation of the Territory’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).” Attorney-General Fyles said.

Whistle-blower protection laws aim to protect people reporting on corrupt behaviour from being sacked, taken to court or being targeted for retribution in other ways.

Reviewing whistle-blower protection laws was a recommendation in the Hon. Brian Martin’s 2016 report on establishing the ICAC.

“The Martin Report provides the framework for ICAC. As a government, we have given in-principle support to 50 of the 52 recommendations of the Martin Report.” Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said.

“Delivering ICAC was an election commitment. Large parts of our community lost trust in government.”

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

“Community feedback is vital to developing the Territory’s ICAC.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“Our Government is doing what is necessary to create an ICAC that will have the powers and protections to investigate without fear or favour.”

Government will be accepting submissions until 17 February.

Legislation to establish a Northern Territory ICAC is now being developed, with further community consultations are expected later this year.