Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Commonwealth Integrity Commission Review Panel Announced

Media release

The panel of experts who will advise Government on the development of the legislation for the Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) has been announced today by the Morrison Government.

The panel will initially advise the Government directly whilst the public consultation on the proposed model, released last week, occurs. This will include the panel discussing the model directly with key agency stakeholders over the course of January 2019. Between now and 1 February 2019, whilst the public consultation phase on design principles is conducted, the panel will focus on providing advice based on interactions with key public sector stakeholders on successive drafts of the legislation before it progresses to Cabinet and the Coalition party room for approval ahead of further public consideration of the resulting legislation.

Margaret Cunneen SC is a longstanding figure in the criminal law fraternity with firsthand experience of the failings of state integrity bodies at a state level. Shortly to retire from the position of Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales, Ms Cunneen was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007 and led the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

After a long career in the senior ranks of the West Australian public sector (including as Director-General of the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet) Mal Wauchope AO was appointed as WA Public Sector Commissioner in 2008. In this role, Mr Wauchope was responsible for ensuring that the WA public sector acts with integrity, performs efficiently and meets the high standard expected by the public. He will bring these unique insights to the development of the public sector division of the Government's proposed CIC.

Mick Keelty AO APM was Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police from 2001 to 2009 and the inaugural Chairperson for the Australian Crime Commission in 2003. Mr Keelty's extensive experience in law enforcement and understanding of the organised crime and corruption landscape will be invaluable to ensuring the law enforcement division of the CIC is appropriately equipped to deal with this higher risk environment.

The unique experiences of these three individuals across criminal law and prosecution, public sector administration and law enforcement will assist the Government to ensure that the model for the CIC is effective, appropriate and balanced.

The Government has released a consultation paper and invited public submissions on the proposed model for a CIC. Submissions close on 1 February 2019. The paper is available here: https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Pages/commonwealth-integrity-commission.aspx