The Victorian Government is finding it nigh on impossible to find someone to head their Anti-Corruption Commission. Perhaps unsurprising in a country whose ancestors were chosen by the best Judges in England to live there:
The Baillieu government is struggling to find a suitable head for its much-hyped anti-corruption commission, amid claims that the role is underpaid and a ”poisoned chalice”.
Some of the most senior figures in the Australian legal and judicial scene have declined approaches from the government during a long-running local and international search.
Sources have confirmed wariness about the job among the group targeted under the selection criteria, which requires the commissioner be a sitting or retired judge of the High Court, Supreme Court or Federal Court, or at least qualified for such positions.
”The government has been approaching a lot of people and hasn’t been able to secure anyone … it’s a poisoned chalice,” a senior legal figure experienced in Victoria’s current system of integrity bodies told The Age.
”Everybody who has occupied this position throughout Australia has been hammered. You can’t win. You have to have a thick skin and a masochistic temperament to be prepared to take this job on.”