John Key is wrong, he should support an ICAC

The Maori party, along with Winston Peters, have a policy for the establishment of an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

We have seen how these operate in Australia, and there are now calls for a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption, such is the level of corruption shown across Australia, mostly between union and Labour party officials.

Strangely John  Key doesn’t see a need for it.

The Maori Party’s desire to scrap the police watchdog and other agencies, in favour of an Anti-Corruption Commission, doesn’t interest John Key.

It wants the Independent Police Conduct Authority merged with the Serious Fraud Office, and judicial and parliamentary bodies, as part of an overhaul of the justice system.  

John Key says any negotiations on that are a matter for after the election, but he doubts there’s much public support.

“The IPCA is not afraid of either criticising the police and making recommendations so I’d be amazed they’d want to do that and the SFO’s been a discussion for a long period of time, but the general view has been – because of their powers under their law, it’s better to keep them separate.”

I’m not sure John Key is right on this.

With both the Maori party and NZ First having an ICAC as a policy I think it is likely to become the focus for any coalition negotiations.

We should have one, and as part of it move the control and supervision of political parties and unions under their jurisdiction.

It is clear the Police are unable or unwilling to prosecute people who breach electoral law.

It is time for an Independent Commission Against Corruption.


– NewstalkZB

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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