The Crime and Corruption Commission’s report into the office of the Integrity Commissioner strengthens the Opposition’s calls to improve its independence and uncouple its governance from the Premier’s Public Service Commission.
Throughout this saga, the Opposition has highlighted the poor governance arrangements that could see laptops used in an Integrity Commissioner’s office taken without her knowledge (even for ‘repurposing’) as dangerous for democracy.
The fact these devices contained Integrity Commissioner records, including files on lobbyists, highlights how dangerous and inappropriate this is.
This report creates more questions than answers.
If the Department of Premier and Cabinet is responsible for IT in the office of the Integrity Commissioner, why did the Public Service Commission request the laptop?
And why can no one in the Public Service Commission remember who made the request?