The Australian Greens have called on all parties to support the call of the former head of the NSW ICAC for a national anti-corruption body to be set up with the powers of a royal commission (ABC Four Corners http://tinyurl.com/n26uovu)
“If Labor and the Coalition do not now back a national ICAC the obvious question will be what do they have to hide?” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“The call by Mr David Ipp, recently retired ICAC Commissioner, for a national body similar to the NSW ICAC puts the heat on all politicians to back strong anti-corruption measures.
“An Australian Greens bill for a national Integrity Commissioner is before federal Parliament and as recently as last month Labor and the Abbott government joined forces to block a vote on it.
People facing homelessness across the state could be left with services lacking the necessary experience and connections to the community under the NSW Government's recently announced funding packages, warns Jan Barham, Greens MP and spokesperson on Housing.
"I'm alarmed by what I'm hearing from service providers and community organisations across NSW. Helping people who are homeless or at risk at homelessness requires the expertise and trust that can only come from close engagement with local communities.